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verb spoil pronunciation in American English /spɔɪl/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspoil
he/she/itspoils
present participlespoiling
past tensespoiled
past participlespoiled
  1. 1
    [transitive] to affect something in a way that makes it worse, less attractive, or less enjoyable

    Radio towers spoiled the view.

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

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

  2. 3
    [transitive] to treat someone with a lot of care and kindness

    It’s Mother’s Day – let them spoil you a little!

  3. 4
    [intransitive] if food spoils, it starts to decay, so that you cannot eat it

    We’d better eat the fish before it spoils.

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