spill over Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “spill over” in the English Dictionary

"spill over" in British English

See all translations

spill over

phrasal verb with spill uk   us   /spɪl/ verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] (spilled or UK also spilt, spilled or UK also spilt)
If an ​activity or ​situationspills over, it ​begins to ​affect another ​situation or ​group of ​people, ​especially in an ​unpleasant or ​unwanted way: I ​try not to ​let my ​workspill over into my ​lifeoutside the ​office. The ​conflictthreatens to ​spill over intoneighbouringregions. to ​continue for a ​longertime than ​expected: The ​talks between the two ​leaderslooklikely to ​spill over into the ​weekend.
(Definition of spill over from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spill over" in American English

See all translations

spill over

phrasal verb with spill  us   /spɪl/ verb [I/T]
to ​reach or ​influence a ​largerarea; ​spread: The ​conflict threatens to spill over into ​neighboringregions.
(Definition of spill over from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of spill over?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More