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Definition of curl verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they curl
    he / she / it curls
    past simple curled
    -ing form curling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] curl (something) to form or make something form into a curl or curls His hair curls naturally.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to form or make something form into a curved shape (+ adv./prep.) The cat curled into a ball and went to sleep. curl something (+ adv./prep.) She curled her legs up under her.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to move while forming into a twisted or curved shape; to make something do this (+ adv./prep.) The smoke curled steadily upward. The honeysuckle curled around the trunk of the apple tree. curl something (+ adv./prep.) He turned and curled the ball around the goalkeeper.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] curl (something) if you curl your lip or your lip curls, you move your lip upward and sideways to show that you think someone or something is stupid or that you are better than they are
  5. Idioms
    make somebody's toes curl
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    to make someone feel embarrassed or uncomfortable
    Phrasal Verbscurl upcurl up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: curl

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