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English definition of “curl”

curl

verb [I or T]     /kɜːl/ US  /kɝːl/
to make something into the shape of a curl, or to grow or change into this shape : Does your hair curl naturally , or is it permed? A new baby will automatically curl its fingers round any object it touches .Hairdressing to make a ball move in a curved shape by hitting or kicking it in a particular way: He curled the ball into the top right hand corner . curl your lip to show by an upward movement of one side of your mouth that you feel no respect for something or someone: Her lip curled at what he said.Grimacing and frowning
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