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sprawl

sprawl

 
 
pronunciation:
sprawl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (verb, noun)
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: sprawled, sprawling, sprawls
definition 1: to lie, sit, or fall with the arms and legs spread out loosely.
After a tough day at work, I sprawl on the couch and turn on the TV.
antonyms:
huddle
definition 2: to spread or extend in a loose, disordered manner.
The town sprawls across the valley floor.
similar words:
ramble
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to spread (the limbs) loosely while sitting or lying.
He sprawled his legs over the end of the couch.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sprawling posture or position.
definition 2: a loose, disordered spreading or extension, esp. of a city or suburb.
I was dismayed to see the sprawl of ugly new buildings in my hometown.
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