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

 

spruce

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//spruːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spruːs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spruce
BrE BrE//spruːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spruːs//
 
he / she / it spruces
BrE BrE//ˈspruːsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspruːsɪz//
 
past simple spruced
BrE BrE//spruːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spruːst//
 
past participle spruced
BrE BrE//spruːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spruːst//
 
-ing form sprucing
BrE BrE//ˈspruːsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspruːsɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Originverb late 16th cent.: perhaps from spruce (noun) in the obsolete sense ‘Prussian’, in the phrase spruce (leather) jerkin. Phrasal Verbsspruce up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spruce