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

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spillverb [I or T, usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /spɪl/ (spilled or UK also spilt, spilled or UK also spilt)
B1 to (​cause to) ​flow, ​move, ​fall, or ​spread over the ​edge or ​outside the ​limits of something: I spilled ​coffee on my ​silkshirt. You've spilled something downyourtie. Let's ​see if I can ​pour the ​juice into the ​glass without spilling it. He ​dropped a ​bag of ​sugar and it spilled all over the ​floor. Crowds of ​fans spilled onto the ​field at the end of the ​game.
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spillnoun [C]

uk   us   /spɪl/
an ​amount of something that has come out of a ​container: a ​fuel spill on the ​road Could you ​wipe up that spill, ​please? In 1989, there was a ​massiveoil spill in ​Alaska.
(Definition of spill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spill" in American English

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spillverb [I/T]

 us   /spɪl/
to ​cause a ​liquid to ​flow or ​fall over the ​edge of a ​container or beyond the ​limits of something, or of a ​liquid to ​flow or ​fall in this way: [T] I just spilled ​gravy on my ​shirt. [T] He ​tried to ​fill the ​sugarbowl and ​managed to spill ​sugar all over the ​floor. [I] Some ​milk spilled on the ​floor.
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spillnoun [C]

 us   /spɪl/
an ​amount of something that has ​flowed or ​fallen out of a ​container: The ​tankerstarted to ​leakoil and ​officialsworried about a ​majoroil spill. A spill is also a ​fall: Jockey Luis Ortega ​suffered a ​brokenankle in a spill at ​Hollywood Park ​yesterday.
(Definition of spill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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