Meaning of “spill” in the English Dictionary

"spill" in English

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

uk /spɪl/ 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 silk shirt.
You've spilled something down your tie.
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 /spɪl/ 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 massive oil 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 sugar bowl and managed to spill sugar all over the floor.
[ I ] Some milk spilled on the floor.


Phrasal verb(s)

spillnoun [ C ]

us /spɪl/

an amount of something that has flowed or fallen out of a container:

The tanker started to leak oil and officials worried about a major oil spill.

A spill is also a fall:

Jockey Luis Ortega suffered a broken ankle in a spill at Hollywood Park yesterday.

(Definition of “spill” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)