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verb spoil pronunciation in American English /spɔɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlespoiling
past tensespoiled
past participlespoiled
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  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. 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
    [transitive] to treat someone with a lot of care and kindness
    It’s Mother’s Day – let them spoil you a little!
  4. 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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