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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.
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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)







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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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