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soil  

  ( soils, soiling    present participle)   ( soiled    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-mass   Soil is the substance on the surface of the earth in which plants grow.  
We have the most fertile soil in Europe., ...regions with sandy soils.     
2       n-uncount   You can use soil in expressions like British soil to refer to a country's territory.  
with supp   (=territory)  
The issue of foreign troops on Turkish soil is a sensitive one.     
3       verb   If you soil something, you make it dirty.  
FORMAL  
(=dirty)  

Young people don't want to do things that soil their hands...      V n  
He raised his eyes slightly as though her words might somehow soil him.      V n  
  soiled      adj   (=dirty)  
...a soiled white apron.     
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spoil, soiled, silo, social

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n.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')

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