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Definition of shovel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

shovel

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shovel
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvl//
 
he / she / it shovels
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvlz//
 
past simple shovelled
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvld//
 
past participle shovelled
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvld//
 
(US English) past simple shoveled
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvld//
 
(US English) past participle shoveled
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvld//
 
-ing form shovelling
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvlɪŋ//
 
(US English) -ing form shoveling
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvlɪŋ//
 
Gardening
 
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(shovelling, shovelled, (US English)shoveling, shoveled) shovel something (+ adv./prep.) to lift and move earth, stones, coal, etc. with a shovel A gang of workmen were shovelling rubble onto a truck. They went out in freezing conditions to shovel snow. (North American English) to shovel the sidewalk/driveway (= to remove snow) (figurative) He sat at the table, shovelling food into his mouth. See related entries: Gardening Word Origin Old English scofl, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schoffel, German Schaufel, also to the verb shove.
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