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Definition of sprinkle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sprinkle
    he / she / it sprinkles
    past simple sprinkled
    -ing form sprinkling
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  1. 1[transitive] to shake small pieces of something or drops of a liquid on something sprinkle A on/onto/over B Sprinkle chocolate on top of the cake. She sprinkled sugar over the strawberries. sprinkle B with A She sprinkled the strawberries with sugar. The sheets and pillows were sprinkled with lavender water.
  2. 2[transitive, usually passive] sprinkle something with something to include a few of something in something else synonym strew His poems are sprinkled with quotations from ancient Greek. a black velvety sky sprinkled with stars
  3. 3[intransitive] if it sprinkles, it rains lightly synonym drizzle It's only sprinkling. We can still go out.
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