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verb spoil pronunciation in American English /spɔɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlespoiling
past tensespoiled
past participlespoiled
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to affect something in a way that makes it worse, less attractive, or less enjoyable

    The whole show was spoiled by the lack of decent actors.

    I really hope it doesn’t rain – that would spoil everything.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to always allow a child to have or do everything that they want, so that they learn to think only of themselves

    Stop saying yes all the time – you’re spoiling her.

    See also rotten2
  3. 3
    [transitive] to treat someone with a lot of care and kindness

    It’s Mother’s Daylet them spoil you a little!

  4. 4
    [intransitive] if food spoils, it starts to decay, so that you cannot eat it

    We’d better eat the fish before it spoils.

  5. 5
    [transitive] American to accidentally do something that makes a ballot paper unable to be read and therefore unable to be counted in an election.

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