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verb spit pronunciation in British English /spɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspit
he/she/itspits
present participlespitting
past tensespat
past participlespat
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to force some of the clear liquid called saliva out from your mouth

    Dino leaned over and spat on the ground.

    The woman spat and shouted insults as they passed by.

    1. a.

      spit

      or

      spit out

      [transitive] to force something such as food or drink out from your mouth, especially because it is unpleasant or harmful

      Kerry spat the sauce back onto her plate.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a series of quick loud noises, especially when forcing small pieces of something into the air

    The machine spat chips of wood onto the ground.

    mud spitting from the tyres of our bikes

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] [usually progressive] British to rain just a little

    It’s just spitting.

  4. 4

    spit

    or

    spit out

    [transitive] mainly literary to say something quickly and angrily

    Politicians spat insults at each other during the debate.

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