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"sprawl" in British English

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uk   /sprɔːl/  us   /sprɑːl/ disapproving

sprawl verb (BODY)

[I] to ​spread the ​arms and ​legs out ​carelessly and ​untidily while ​sitting or ​lying down: I ​knocked into her in the ​corridor and sent her sprawling (= ​knocked her over).

sprawl verb (CITY)

[I usually + adv/prep] (​especially of a ​city) to ​cover a ​largearea of ​land with ​buildings that have been ​added at different ​times so that it ​looksuntidy: The ​refugeecamps sprawl ​across the ​landscape.
adjective [after verb] uk   /sprɔːld/  us   /sprɑːld/
He was sprawled (out) on the ​floor.
adjective uk   /ˈsprɔː.lɪŋ/  us   /ˈsprɑː-/
sprawling ​suburbs


uk   /sprɔːl/  us   /sprɑːl/ disapproving

sprawl noun (BODY)

[U] a ​position with the ​arms and ​legsspread out ​carelessly and ​untidily while ​sitting or ​lying down

sprawl noun (CITY)

[C usually singular] a ​largearea of ​landcovered with ​buildings that have been ​added at different ​times so that it ​looksuntidy: the urban sprawl of ​South Florida
(Definition of sprawl from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sprawl" in American English

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sprawlverb [I]

 us   /sprɔl/
to ​spread out esp. ​awkwardly over a ​largearea: Jamie came ​home from ​school and sprawled on the ​couch.
noun [C usually sing]  us   /sprɔl/
A ​massive sprawl of ​high-risebuildingsfills the ​site.
(Definition of sprawl from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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