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Definition of pedal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pedal
    he / she / it pedals
    past simple pedaled ()pedalled
    -ing form pedaling ()pedalling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to ride a bicycle somewhere + adv./prep. I saw her pedaling along the path. He jumped on his bike and pedaled off. She pedaled away down the hill. pedal something + adv./prep. She pedaled her bicycle up the track.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to turn or press the pedals on a bicycle or other machine (+ adv./prep.) You'll have to pedal hard up this hill. You can stop pedaling and freewheel for a while. pedal something She had been pedaling her exercise bike all morning. see also backpedal, soft-pedal
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