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roll

verb  /roʊl/ us  

roll verb (MOVE)

[I/T] to move in a direction by turning over and over or by traveling on wheels, or to cause something to move in this way: [I] The coin rolled off the table. [T] I rolled the spare tire around to the side of the car. [I] Tears rolled down his cheeks. Bob rolled over (= turned his body while lying down) onto his stomach. [I/T] If you roll a car window up or down, you turn a handle or press a button that opens or closes the window.

roll verb (FORM ROUNDED SHAPE)

[T] to form something soft into a rounded shape: He rolled the clay into a ball. [M] She rolled up her pants so they wouldn’t get wet.

roll verb (SOUND)

[I/T] to make a continuous repeated sound: [I] Thunder rolled in the distance.

roll

noun  /roʊl/ us  

roll noun (LIST)

[C] an official list of names: a roll of eligible voters

roll noun (BREAD)

[C] a small loaf of bread

roll noun (MOVEMENT)

[C/U] the movement of something in a direction by turning over and over or by traveling on wheels: [C] You have to allow for the roll of the ball when it lands after you hit it.

roll noun (SOUND)

roll noun (ROUNDED SHAPE)

[C] a long piece of something that bends, formed into a cylinder: a roll of film/ tape/aluminum foil [C] A roll is also a rounded mass of something: rolls of fat
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