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Definition of sprawl verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sprawl
    he / she / it sprawls
    past simple sprawled
    -ing form sprawling
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to sit or lie with your arms and legs spread out in a relaxed or awkward way He was sprawling in an armchair in front of the TV. Something hit her and sent her sprawling to the ground. I tripped and went sprawling.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to spread in a messy way; to cover a large area The town sprawled along the side of the lake.
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