- 1[transitive] spike somebody/something (on something) to push a sharp piece of metal, wood, etc. into someone or something; to injure something on a sharp point synonym stab
- 2[transitive] spike something (with something) to add alcohol, poison, or a drug to someone's drink or food without them knowing He gave her a drink spiked with tranquilizers. (figurative) Her words were spiked with malice.
- 3 [intransitive] spike (to something) to rise quickly and reach a high value The U.S. dollar spiked to a three-month high.
- 4[transitive] spike something to reject something that a person has written or said; to prevent something from happening or being made public The article was spiked for fear of legal action against the newspaper.
- 5[transitive] spike something (in the sport of volleyball) to hit the ball hard from a position near the net so that it moves downward and over the net
- 6 [transitive] spike something (in football) to throw the ball to the ground with great force, in order to celebrate a touchdown He proudly spiked the ball after scoring a touchdown.
NAmE//spaɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spike
he / she / it spikes
past simple spiked
-ing form spiking