- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to turn over and over and move in a particular direction; to make a round object do this + adv./prep. The ball rolled down the hill. We watched the waves rolling onto the beach. Tears rolled down her cheeks. roll something + adv./prep. Deliverymen were rolling barrels across the yard.
- 2 [intransitive, transitive] to turn over and over or around and around while remaining in the same place; to make something do this (+ adv./prep.) a dog rolling in the mud Her eyes rolled. roll something (+ adv./prep.) She rolled her eyes upward (= to show surprise or disapproval). He was rolling a pencil between his fingers.
- 3 [intransitive, transitive] roll (somebody/something) over (onto something) roll (somebody/something) (over) onto something to turn over to face a different direction; to make someone or something do this roll over (onto something) She rolled over to get some sun on her back. roll onto something He rolled onto his back. roll somebody/something (over) (onto something) I rolled the baby over onto its stomach. to roll a dice/die (= in a game) She rolled her car in a 100 mph crash. move (as if) on wheels
- 4 [intransitive, transitive] to move smoothly (on wheels or as if on wheels); to make something do this (+ adv./prep.) The car began to roll back down the hill. The traffic rolled slowly forward. Mist was rolling in from the sea. roll something (+ adv./prep.) He rolled the cart across the room. make ball/tube
- 5 [transitive, intransitive] roll (something) (up) (into something) to make something/yourself into the shape of a ball or tube I rolled the string into a ball. We rolled up the carpet. a rolled-up newspaper I always roll my own (= make my own cigarettes). The cat rolled up into a ball. compare unroll fold clothing
- 6 [transitive] to fold the edge of a piece of clothing, etc. over and over on itself to make it shorter roll something up Roll up your sleeves. roll something + adv./prep. She rolled her jeans to her knees. make something flat
- 7[transitive] roll something (out) to make something flat by pushing something heavy over it Roll the dough on a floured surface. wrap up
- 8[transitive] roll somebody/something/yourself (up) in something to wrap or cover someone or something/yourself in something Roll the meat in the breadcrumbs. He rolled himself up in the blanket. of ship/plane/walk
- 9[intransitive, transitive] roll (something) (+ adv./prep.) to move or make something move from side to side He walked with a rolling gait. The ship was rolling heavily to and fro. compare pitch (6) make sound
- 10[intransitive, transitive] to make a long continuous sound rolling drums Thunder rolled. roll something to roll your r's (= by letting your tongue vibrate with each “r” sound) machine
- 11[intransitive, transitive] when a machine rolls or someone rolls it, it operates They had to repeat the scene because the cameras weren't rolling. roll something Roll the cameras! Idioms
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NAmE//roʊl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they roll
he / she / it rolls
past simple rolled
-ing form rolling
to have a lot of money
be rolling in money/it (informal)jump to other results
to make something start happening; to make sure that something continues to happen
get/set/start/keep the ball rollingjump to other results
used to say that some people will be punished because of something that has happened
heads will roll (for something) (informal) (usually humorous)jump to other results
used to suggest to a group of people that you should all start doing something or going somewhere
let's roll (informal)jump to other results
ready to start The show is just about ready to roll.
ready to roll (informal)jump to other results
combined in one person or thing Banks are several businesses rolled into one.
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laughing a lot She soon had us rolling in the aisles.
rolling in the aisles (informal)jump to other results
a person who moves from place to place, job to job, etc. does not have a lot of money, possessions, or friends but is free from responsibilities
a rolling stone gathers no moss (saying)jump to other results
to be easy to say or pronounce It's not a name that exactly trips off the tongue, is it?
roll/slip/trip off the tonguejump to other results
to prepare to work or fight
roll up your sleevesjump to other results
to adapt yourself to a difficult situation
roll with the punchesjump to other results
(of a person who is dead) likely to be very shocked or angry My father would turn over in his grave if he knew. Phrasal Verbsroll aroundroll somethingbackroll somethingdownroll inroll somethingoutroll overroll somethingoverroll uproll somethingup
turn/roll (over) in his/her gravejump to other results