soil Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"soil" in British English

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soilnoun

uk   us   /sɔɪl/
B2 [C or U] the ​material on the ​surface of the ​ground in which ​plantsgrow: light/​heavy/​fertile soil sandy or ​chalky soils [U] literary a ​country: It was the first ​time we had set ​foot on ​foreign/​French/American soil (= gone to a ​foreigncountry/France/​America).the soil literary the ​activity of ​farming: Gardening is a way for ​citydwellers to ​return to the soil.
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soilverb [T]

uk   us   /sɔɪl/ formal
to make something ​dirty, ​especially with ​solidwaste: soiled ​nappies/​underwear/​sheets
(Definition of soil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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soilnoun [C/U]

 us   /sɔɪl/

soil noun [C/U] (EARTH)

the ​material on the ​surface of the ​ground in which ​plantsgrow; ​earth: [U] Plant the ​seeds in ​potting soil. Soil is sometimes a ​country: [U] At the ​Olympics he was ​competing on ​foreign soil for only the third ​time in his ​life.

soilverb [T]

 us   /sɔɪl/

soil verb [T] (MAKE DIRTY)

to make something ​dirty
soiled
adjective  us   /sɔɪld/
soiled ​diapers
(Definition of soil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “soil”
in Korean 토양…
in Arabic تُرْبة…
in Malaysian tanah…
in French sol, terre…
in Russian почва…
in Chinese (Traditional) 泥土,土壤, 國家, 國土…
in Italian terreno, terra, terriccio…
in Turkish toprak…
in Polish gleba, ziemia…
in Spanish tierra, suelo…
in Vietnamese đất trồng…
in Portuguese solo…
in Thai ดิน…
in German der (Erd)Boden…
in Catalan terra, sòl…
in Japanese 土, 土壌…
in Chinese (Simplified) 泥土,土壤, 国家, 国土…
in Indonesian tanah…
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