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

     

    spice

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//spaɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spaɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spice
    BrE BrE//spaɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spaɪs//
     
    he / she / it spices
    BrE BrE//ˈspaɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspaɪsɪz//
     
    past simple spiced
    BrE BrE//spaɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spaɪst//
     
    past participle spiced
    BrE BrE//spaɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spaɪst//
     
    -ing form spicing
    BrE BrE//ˈspaɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspaɪsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1spice something (up) (with something) to add spice to food in order to give it more flavour highly spiced dishes
  2. 2spice something (up) (with something) to add interest or excitement to something He exaggerated the details to spice up the story. Her conversation is always spiced with humour.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: shortening of Old French espice, from Latin species ‘sort, kind’, in late Latin ‘wares’.Extra examples I don’t really like highly spiced food. Their bread is spiced with cinnamon. a dish of lightly spiced rice
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spice