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Definition of reel verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reel
    he / she / it reels
    past simple reeled
    -ing form reeling
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move in a very unsteady way, for example because you are drunk or have been hit synonym stagger I punched him on the chin, sending him reeling backward. She was reeling after several glasses of wine. He reeled under the blow.
  2. 2[intransitive] reel (at/from/with something) to feel very shocked or upset about something I was still reeling from the shock.
  3. 3[intransitive] to seem to be spinning around and around When he opened his eyes, the room was reeling.
  4. Phrasal Verbsreel somethingin/outreel somethingoff
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: reel