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Meaning of “curve” in the English Dictionary

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curvenoun [C]

uk   /kɜːv/  us   /kɝːv/
B2 a ​line that ​bendscontinuously and has no ​straightparts: a curve in the ​road the curve of a ​graph the curved ​shape in which a ​ballmoves when it is ​hit or ​kicked in a ​particular way: The ​ballswung into a ​reverse curve.

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curveverb [I]

uk   /kɜːv/  us   /kɝːv/
curved
adjective uk   /kɜːvd/  us   /kɝːvd/
a curved ​surface
(Definition of curve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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curveverb [I/T]

 us   /kɜrv/
to ​form or move in the ​direction of a ​line that ​turnscontinuously and has no ​straightparts, or to ​cause something to do this: [I] The ​road curves around the ​cemetery.
curve
noun [C]  us   /kɜrv/
a curve in a ​road
(Definition of curve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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curvenoun [C]

uk   us   /kɜːv/
GRAPHS & CHARTS a ​line on a ​graph that ​shows a ​relationship between two sets of ​information, for ​examplechanges in ​price over ​time: Copper looks like it has ​reached the ​top of its ​price curve.a falling/downward curve Research ​spending has been on a ​falling curve. a ​rising/​upward curvea steep/smooth/sharp curve Climate ​change appears to ​demand we put our electricity ​usage on a ​steepdownward curve.
ahead of the curve more ​advanced, or ​developing, ​understanding something, or ​reaching a ​point more quickly than other things or ​people: The ​ability to speak two ​languages puts you ​ahead of the curve in the ​jobmarket.
behind the curve less ​advanced, or ​developing, ​understanding something, or ​reaching a ​point more slowly than other things or ​people: The latest ​priceindices are well behind the curve and have not yet ​picked up dramatic ​changes in ​consumerconfidence.
(Definition of curve from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “curve”
in Korean 곡선, 커브…
in Arabic مُنْحَنى, مُقَوَّس…
in Malaysian lengkung…
in French courbe, tournant…
in Russian изгиб…
in Chinese (Traditional) 曲線,弧線, 轉彎…
in Italian curva…
in Turkish kavis, eğri, kıvrım…
in Polish łuk, (linia) krzywa…
in Spanish curva…
in Vietnamese đường cong, có hình cong…
in Portuguese curva…
in Thai เส้นโค้ง, สิ่งที่มีรูปร่างโค้ง…
in German die Kurve…
in Catalan corba…
in Japanese カーブ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 曲线,弧线, 转弯…
in Indonesian lengkung, lengkungan, tikungan…
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