I hear "Roll" as a verb in different sentences. The meanings that I find in dictionaries do not fully explain the exact meaning in those sentences.

For instance, in the following sentence : "We will be rolling the new feature by the end of week."

What is the exact meaning of "rolling"?

PS: Seems like "roll" in this sentence is actually "roll out". The new question is : Is it so common to omit "out" and just say "roll" instead of "roll out"?

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    English phrasal verbs like "roll out" consist of a verb and a preposition, and the preposition is very important. Many dictionaries provide a definition of the idiomatic phrasal verb to roll out. Be sure to read text carefully, always consult more than one dictionary, and be sure to consult English language dictionaries, not "translation dictionaries" in your native language or services like Google "translate." They will not help you. The OneLook dictionary is a good starting point. Jun 30, 2017 at 4:24
  • Thanks for the advice. I have actually read the meaning of "roll out" but I was not sure if by "roll" they actually mean "roll out"[email protected]
    – Maryam
    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:32
  • You are quite welcome, @Maryam. Be sure to make a bookmark for the OneLook dictionary. This is a valuable resource, especially for learners of English. Thank you for your question—and we hope you will ask more of them! Jun 30, 2017 at 4:55

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Most likely, the sentence was "We will be rolling out the new feature by the end of the week". In this context, to roll out means to introduce to the public. It implies a smooth motion (figuratively) from the environment where the team is making the feature to the users. Just rolling instead of rolling out is not normal English usage in this context, though the intended meaning is clear.

To answer the edit, no, just saying roll instead of roll out is unnatural and I've never seen anyone do it. Roll out what we'd call a phrasal verb, which means the preposition is a part of the verb itself, and neither can be understood without the other. Don't drop the out!

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