spoil - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb 

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/spɔɪl/
present tense
I/you/we/theyspoil
he/she/itspoils
present participlespoiling
past tensespoiled or spoilt
past participlespoiled or spoilt
  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