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English definition of “soil”

soil

noun     /sɔɪl/
B2 [C or U] the material on the surface of the ground in which plants grow: light/heavy/fertile soil sandy or chalky soilsSoil [U] literary a country: It was the first time we had set foot on foreign/French/American soil (= gone to a foreign country/France/America).Country and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names the soil literary the activity of farming: The government is trying to encourage a return to the soil.Farming - general words
(Definition of soil noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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