roll up


rolled up; rolling up; rolls up

transitive verb

: to increase or acquire by successive accumulations : accumulate
rolled up a large majority

intransitive verb

: to become larger by successive accumulations
: to arrive in a vehicle

Examples of roll up in a Sentence

ticket sales are expected to roll up as the date of the concert nears
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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of roll up was in 1822

Cite this Entry

“Roll up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

roll up

: to build up by many additions one after the other
the winning candidate rolled up a large majority

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