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Definition of despoil verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

despoil

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɔɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɔɪl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they despoil
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɔɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɔɪl//
 
he / she / it despoils
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɔɪlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɔɪlz//
 
past simple despoiled
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɔɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɔɪld//
 
past participle despoiled
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɔɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɔɪld//
 
-ing form despoiling
BrE BrE//dɪˈspɔɪlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspɔɪlɪŋ//
 
Committing crime
 
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despoil something (of something) (literary) to steal something valuable from a place; to make a place less attractive by damaging or destroying it synonym plunder See related entries: Committing crime Word Origin Middle English: from Old French despoillier, from Latin despoliare ‘rob, plunder’ (from spolia ‘spoil’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: despoil