Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “spill over”

spill over

phrasal verb with spill    /spɪl/ verb [I/T]
to reach or influence a larger area; spread: The conflict threatens to spill over into neighboring regions.
(Definition of spill over from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of spill over

Definitions of “spill over” in other dictionaries

Translations of “spill over”

Word of the Day


friendly or helpful

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More