- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to cover somebody/something with very small drops of a liquid that are forced out of a container or sent through the air spray (something) (on/onto/over somebody/something) Spray the conditioner onto your wet hair. Champagne sprayed everywhere. spray somebody/something (with something) The crops are regularly sprayed with pesticide. spray something + adj. She's had the car sprayed blue.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] to cover somebody/something with a lot of small things with a lot of force spray somebody/something with something The gunman sprayed the building with bullets. + adv./prep. Pieces of glass sprayed all over the room.
- 3[intransitive] (especially of a male cat) to leave small amounts of urine to mark its own area Word Originverb early 17th cent. (earlier as spry): related to Middle Dutch spra(e)yen
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BrE BrE//spreɪ//; NAmE NAmE//spreɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spray
BrE BrE//spreɪ//; NAmE NAmE//spreɪ//he / she / it sprays
BrE BrE//spreɪz//; NAmE NAmE//spreɪz//past simple sprayed
BrE BrE//spreɪd//; NAmE NAmE//spreɪd//past participle sprayed
BrE BrE//spreɪd//; NAmE NAmE//spreɪd//-ing form spraying
BrE BrE//ˈspreɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspreɪɪŋ//