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spoil

verb
 
 
/spɔɪl/ ( past tense and past participle spoiled, spoilt)
MAKE BAD [T] B1 to stop something from being enjoyable or successful: The picnic was spoiled by the bad weather. I don't want to spoil the fun, but could you turn the music down a bit?Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
CHILD [T] If you spoil a child, you let them have anything they want or do anything they want, usually making them badly behaved.Treating someone wellParenting and caring for children
TREAT WELL [T] to treat someone very well, buying them things or doing things for them: He's always sending flowers - he absolutely spoils me!Treating someone well
FOOD [I] formal If food spoils, it starts to decay and you cannot eat it.Edible and inedibleDecaying and staying fresh
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