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

     

    pedal

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpedl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pedal
    BrE BrE//ˈpedl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedl//
     
    he / she / it pedals
    BrE BrE//ˈpedlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedlz//
     
    past simple pedalled
    BrE BrE//ˈpedld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedld//
     
    past participle pedalled
    BrE BrE//ˈpedld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedld//
     
    (US English) past simple pedaled
    BrE BrE//ˈpedld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedld//
     
    (US English) past participle pedaled
    BrE BrE//ˈpedld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedld//
     
    -ing form pedalling
    BrE BrE//ˈpedlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedlɪŋ//
     
    (US English) -ing form pedaling
    BrE BrE//ˈpedlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedlɪŋ//
     
    Cycling
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to ride a bicycle somewhere + adv./prep. I saw her pedalling along the towpath. He jumped on his bike and pedalled off. She pedalled away down the hill. pedal something + adv./prep. She pedalled her bicycle up the track. See related entries: Cycling
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to turn or press the pedals on a bicycle or other machine (+ adv./prep.) You'll have to pedal hard up this hill. You can stop pedalling and freewheel for a while. pedal something She had been pedalling her exercise bike all morning. See related entries: Cycling
  3. see also back-pedal, soft-pedal
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