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Definition of spray verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spray
    he / she / it sprays
    past simple sprayed
    -ing form spraying
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to cover someone or 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. 2[transitive, intransitive] to cover someone or 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. 3[intransitive] (especially of a male cat) to leave small amounts of urine to mark its own area
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