Definition of spillover in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspɪləʊvə/


1An instance of overflowing or spreading into another area: there has been a spillover into state schools of the ethos of independent schools
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  • Should it turn into a disorderly rout then there would inevitably be a spillover into other markets and into the real economy.
  • The Americanisation of the world often seems to result from a reaction to external events or a spillover of domestic forces rather than a projection of power and political will.
  • The impetus for this came from a decade-long boom in capital investment, technological progress, and spillovers from improved business processes.
1.1A thing that spreads or has spread into another area: the village was a spillover from a neighbouring, larger village
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  • Last night, two people overnighted in accident and emergency and on Sunday, there was a spillover of 12 there.
  • However, this time, the spillover washed over all aspects of pop culture, spreading far and wide from the hardcore fan base.
  • In the next two months, the 14 patients at the unit will be turfed out to make room for the spillover from the overcrowded St Joseph's general hospital in the South Tipperary town.
1.2 [usually as modifier] An unexpected consequence or repercussion: the spillover effect of the quarrel
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  • The text emphasizes that agricultural management strategies and techniques influence other ecosystems, and that this interaction has spillover effects on the entire landscape, in fact, the planet.
  • That is, attendance at university makes you smarter, and thus has spillover effects that are good.
  • Governments, through regulations, laws, and international treaties, have mandated procedures such as customs requirements that have spillover effects that may improve security.

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