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verb spill pronunciation in American English /spɪl/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspill
he/she/itspills
present participlespilling
past tensespilled or spilt
past participlespilled or spilt
  1. 1
    [transitive] to accidentally pour a liquid out of its container
    spill something on/over someone/something: I spilled coffee all over my desk.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to accidentally flow out of a container
      spill from: Oil is still spilling from the stricken ship.
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] used about other substances and objects that fall out of a container, often not accidentally
      spill something out/over/onto etc.: She lifted the box and spilled toys out all over the carpet.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly literary if light spills somewhere, a lot of it shines on something
    Sunlight was spilling into the classroom.
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  3. 3
    [intransitive] if people spill out of a place, a lot of them leave at the same time
    spill out of/from: Crowds were spilling out of the bars and restaurants.

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