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spoil

verb  us   /spɔɪl/ (past tense and past participle spoiled  /spɔɪld/ or spoilt  /spɔɪlt/ )

spoil verb (DESTROY)

[I/T] to destroy or damage something, or to become destroyed or damaged: [T] The oil spill spoiled five miles of coastline. [T] Don’t tell me how it ends, you’ll spoil the movie for me. [I] Food spoils quickly in hot weather.

spoil verb (TREAT TOO WELL)

[T] to treat someone very well, esp. by being too generous: My vacation spoiled me. "We’re spoiling you," he said, handing her another cookie.
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