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.
The issue of foreign troops on Turkish soil is a sensitive one.
3 verb If you soil something, you make it 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
...a soiled white apron.
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