spoilt, spoiled meaning, spoilt, spoiled definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( spoils    3rd person present)   ( spoiling    present participle)   ( spoiled    past tense & past participle)   ( spoilt    past tense & past participle  )
American English uses the form spoiled as the past tense and past participle. British English uses either spoiled or spoilt.     
1       verb   If you spoil something, you prevent it from being successful or satisfactory.  
It's important not to let mistakes spoil your life...      V n  
Peaceful summer evenings can be spoilt by mosquitoes.      V n  
2       verb   If you spoil children, you give them everything they want or ask for. This is considered to have a bad effect on a child's character.  
Grandparents are often tempted to spoil their grandchildren whenever they come to visit.      V n  
   spoilt, spoiled             adj  
A spoilt child is rarely popular with other children..., Oh, that child. He's so spoiled.     
3       verb   If you spoilyourself or spoil another person, you give yourself or them something nice as a treat or do something special for them.   (=pamper)  
Spoil yourself with a new perfume this summer...      V pron-refl  
Perhaps I could employ someone to iron his shirts, but I wanted to spoil him. He was my man.      V n  
4       verb   If food spoils or if it is spoilt, it is no longer fit to be eaten.  
We all know that fats spoil by becoming rancid...      V  
Some organisms are responsible for spoiling food and cause food poisoning...      V n  
5       verb   If someone spoils their vote, they write something illegal on their voting paper, usually as a protest about the election, and their vote is not accepted.  
  (BRIT)   (=deface)  
They had broadcast calls for voters to spoil their ballot papers...      V n  
6       n-plural   The spoilsof something are things that people get as a result of winning a battle or of doing something successfully.  
usu with supp  
True to military tradition, the victors are now treating themselves to the spoils of war...     
7    If you say that someone is spoilt for choice or spoiled for choice, you mean that they have a great many things of the same type to choose from.  
spoilt for choice/spoiled for choice      phrase   v-link PHR  
At lunchtime, MPs are spoilt for choice in 26 restaurants and bars.      spoil for      phrasal verb   If you are spoiling for a fight, you are very eager for it to happen.  
only cont  
A mob armed with guns was at the border between the two republics, spoiling for a fight.      V P n  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Spoilt is a past participle and past tense of spoil.  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

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something excellent, impressive
E.g.: The concert was a real doozy.
Patient that has lost reactivity , reactions to stimulations, reflexes (Areflexia) = Dead or Comatous
expression referring to a high amount of effort, dedication, endurance for pursuing a cause, achieving a goal
He put blood, sweat and tears in making this movie
primary, main, basic
clean, neat, groom
cool, balanced, self-confident
e.g. a very together woman
amazing, awesome, extraordinary
[Slang] e.g.: amazeballs show
expression used for pointing out that, if you love someone, you accept also things and people dear to the person you love
crook, swindler
throat, gullet
black country dialect, also Leeds
slinger, rigger
A slinger or rigger is somebody who is responsible for attaching a load to a crane
mess, disaster
It is often used to describe how someone looks or feels. E.g: I'm a train wreck all day if I don't have a cup of coffee.
buttocks, butt, ass.
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.
idiot, ridiculous person
relax, calm down
said to make someone temper his nerves or enthusiasm. E.g.: Chill out, I didn't take your car!
careful, cautious, mindful, meaningful
tenderness, love and care
over-decorated, "bling-bling"
mental deficiency, mental handicap
a mess, a failure
[Slang];[UK] it comes from the cooking domain where the phrase described a dish that was not tasty enough and therefore thrown away to dogs
expression used to point out that one has to struggle or suffer to achieve his goal
Jason: Damn it! I can't take it anymore. This exercise is killing me! Ray: Yeah but it’ll help you lose weight. Don't you know? No pain, no gain!
to visit unexpectedly or inconventiently
the whole family descended on us for the weekend
something that improves morale
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