Definition of curve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

curve

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kɜːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrv//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they curve
BrE BrE//kɜːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrv//
 
he / she / it curves
BrE BrE//kɜːvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrvz//
 
past simple curved
BrE BrE//kɜːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrvd//
 
past participle curved
BrE BrE//kɜːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrvd//
 
-ing form curving
BrE BrE//ˈkɜːvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrvɪŋ//
 
 
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 [intransitive, transitive] curve (something) (+ adv./prep.) to move or make something move in the shape of a curve; to be in the shape of a curve The road curved around the bay. The ball curved through the air. His lips curved in a smile. A smile curved his lips. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin curvare ‘to bend’, from curvus ‘bent’. The noun dates from the late 17th cent.Extra examples His mouth curved into a smile. The path curved down to the bay. The road curved away around the back of the hill. a gently curving stream
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