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English definition of “roll”

roll

verb (TURN OVER)    /rəʊl/ US  /roʊl/
B1 [T usually + adv/prep] to (cause something to) turn over onto itself to form the shape of a ball or a tube: He rolled the clay into a ball in his hands. As I got closer, the hedgehog rolled itself (up) into a ball.Bending, twisting and curving [T] to make a cigarette by wrapping a piece of paper around some tobaccoTobacco and smoking [I or T, + adv/prep] to fold over a piece of clothing or material to make it shorter: We rolled back the carpet to see the floorboards.Making things more or less smooth or straight
(Definition of roll verb (TURN OVER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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