American English

Definition of wheel verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wheel
    he / she / it wheels
    past simple wheeled
    -ing form wheeling
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    move something with wheels
  1. 1[transitive] wheel something (+ adv./prep.) to push or pull something that has wheels She wheeled her bicycle across the road.
  2. 2[transitive] wheel somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) to move someone or something that is in or on something that has wheels The nurse wheeled him down the hallway.
  3. move in circle
  4. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move or fly in a circle Birds wheeled above us in the sky.
  5. turn quickly
  6. 4[intransitive, transitive] to turn quickly or suddenly and face the opposite direction; to make someone or something do this (+ adv./prep.) She wheeled around and started running. wheel somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) He wheeled his horse back to the gate.
  7. Idioms
    wheel and deal
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    (usually used in the progressive tenses) to do a lot of complicated deals in business or politics, often in a dishonest way
    Phrasal Verbswheel somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wheel