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

      

    spray

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 3[intransitive] (especially of a male cat) to leave small amounts of urine to mark its own area
  4. Word Originverb early 17th cent. (earlier as spry): related to Middle Dutch spra(e)yen ‘sprinkle’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spray