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Meaning of “spoil” in the English Dictionary

"spoil" in British English

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spoilverb

uk   us   /spɔɪl/ (spoiled or spoilt, spoiled or spoilt)
  • spoil verb (DESTROY)

B1 [T] to ​destroy or ​reduce the ​pleasure, ​interest, or ​beauty of something: He ​tried not to ​let the ​badnews spoil his ​evening. The ​oilspill has spoiled the ​wholebeautifulcoastline. I haven't ​seen the ​film, so don't spoil it for me by ​telling me what ​happens. You'll spoil ​your appetite for ​dinner if you have a ​cake now. [I or T] When ​food spoils or is spoiled, it is no ​longer good enough to ​eat: The ​dessert will spoil if you don't ​keep it in the ​fridge. [T] UK specialized politics to ​mark a ballotpaper so that it cannot be ​officiallycounted as a ​vote: Since she ​supported none of the ​candidates, she spoiled her ​ballotpaper.

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spoilnoun

uk   us   /spɔɪl/
(Definition of spoil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spoil" in American English

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spoilverb

 us   /spɔɪl/ (past tense and past participle spoiled  /spɔɪld/ or spoilt  /spɔɪlt/ )
  • spoil verb (DESTROY)

[I/T] to ​destroy or ​damage something, or to ​becomedestroyed or ​damaged: [T] The ​oilspill spoiled five ​miles of ​coastline. [T] Don’t ​tell me how it ​ends, you’ll spoil the ​movie for me. [I] Food spoils ​quickly in ​hotweather.
  • spoil verb (TREAT TOO WELL)

[T] to ​treat someone very well, esp. by being too ​generous: My ​vacation spoiled me. "We’re spoiling you," he said, ​handing her another ​cookie.
(Definition of spoil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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