spoil past tense and past participle spoiled or spoilt,

BrE verb
1 RUIN STH (T) to have a bad effect on something so that it is no longer attractive, enjoyable, useful etc: The countryside has been spoiled by the new freeway. | Don't spoil your sister's birthday by crying at her party. | spoil everything (=completely ruin someone's plan): Mom arrived home just then, which spoiled everything.
—see also: spoil/ruin your appetite appetite (1), —see also: destroy
2 FOOD (I) to start to decay: Food will spoil if the temperature in your freezer rises above 8ºC.
3 CHILD (T) to give a child whatever they want, or let them do what they want, with the result that they behave badly: spoil sb with sth: Jimmy's grandmother spoils him with toys and candy.
4 TREAT KINDLY (T) to look after someone in a way that is kind or too kind: You know you're spoiling me with all this good cooking. | spoil yourself: Go on, spoil yourself. Have another piece of cake.
5 VOTING PAPER (T) to mark a ballot paper wrongly so that your vote is not included
6 be spoiling for a fight/argument to be very eager to fight or argue with someone
—see also: spoils, spoiler

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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