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Definition of paddle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they paddle
    he / she / it paddles
    past simple paddled
    -ing form paddling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move a small boat through water using a paddle (+ adv./prep.) We paddled downstream for about a mile. paddle something (+ adv./prep.) We paddled the canoe along the coast.
  2. 2[intransitive] to swim with short movements of your hands or feet up and down
  3. 3[transitive] paddle somebody/something to hit a child with a flat piece of wood as a punishment
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