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Dictionary definition for: Spoil

1. (n) (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war) "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"

2. (v) make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out" "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

3. (n) the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her spoiling my dress was deliberate"

4. (v) become unfit for consumption or use; "the meat must be eaten before it spoils"

5. (n) the act of stripping and taking by force

6. (v) alter from the original

7. (v) treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children" "Let''s not mollycoddle our students!"

8. (v) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth''s amazing September surge" "foil your opponent"

9. (v) have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is itching to start the project" "He is spoiling for a fight"

10. (v) destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"

11. (v) make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"

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