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verb spoil pronunciation in British English /spɔɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlespoiling
past tensespoiled or spoilt
past participlespoiled or spoilt
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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
    [intransitive] if food spoils, it starts to decay, so that you cannot eat it

    We’d better eat the fish before it spoils.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to treat someone with a lot of care and kindness

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

  5. 5
    [transitive] British to mark a voting paper so that it will not be officially accepted, usually to show that you are unhappy about the election

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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