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verb     spray pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlespraying
past tensesprayed
past participlesprayed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if you spray a liquid, or if it sprays, it is forced out of a container through a small hole into the air

    Mansell stood on the podium and sprayed champagne into the air.

    spray someone/something with something:

    I caught the kids next door spraying my dog with cold water!

    spray something on/onto/over something:

    The chemical is sprayed onto the roof to weatherproof it.

    1. a.
      to cover crops or a large area of land with a chemical spray in order to kill insects or to prevent diseases

      Health officials have sprayed the areas where the virus was active.

      Farmers have to apply for permits to spray from the air.

      spray for:

      They’re spraying for mosquitoes this weekend.

    2. b.
      British to paint a car by spraying paint on it
  2. 2
    [transitive] to shoot a large number of bullets at something, covering a wide area
    spray someone/something with something:

    The men sprayed the vehicle with automatic gunfire.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if a cat sprays a particular area, it urinates in many places around the area to show other cats that it lives there
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