There are 2 main translations of spill in Spanish:

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spill 1

American English: /spɪl/
British English: /spɪl/

transitive verb past tense & past participle spilled or spilt

  • (knock over)
    she carried the tea upstairs without spilling a drop
    subió el té sin derramar or verter una gota
    don't spill tea over the tablecloth
    no manches el mantel de té
    no derrames té sobre el mantel
    to spill blood [literary]
    derramar sangre [literary]

intransitive verb past tense & past participle spilled or spilt

  • (liquid)
    derramarse
    the coins spilled onto the floor
    las monedas cayeron al suelo
    people spilled (out) into the streets
    la gente se volcó or se echó a las calles
    Example sentences
    • Shara's hand shook as she picked up a cup of coffee, spilling the now-cold liquid on the article she had just concluded.
    • First she spilt the oil, then she broke a container, and finally, she spurted food coloring all over our bags.
    • I place the mugs on a small wooden tray and carry it out to the divan, trying not to spill the hot liquid.
    Example sentences
    • She held his gaze until the tears spilled over onto her cheeks.
    • Sophie sustained first, second and third degree burns when a bowl of boiling water spilled over her torso and legs.
    • A choked sob caught in her throat, and she brought a hand up to her mouth as her eyes filled with tears that spilled over onto her reddened cheeks.

noun

Phrasal verbs

spill over

verb + adverb
(container)
desbordarse
(liquid)
derramarse
(fighting/conflict)
extenderse
wicker baskets spilling over with ivy
cestas de mimbre rebosantes de hiedra
the guests spilled over onto the terrace
algunos de los invitados pasaron a ocupar la terraza
this dispute could spill over into other sectors of industry
este conflicto podría extenderse a otros sectores de la industria
frustration on both sides spilled over into scenes of violence
la frustración por ambas partes produjo estallidos de violencia

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spill 2
American English: /spɪl/
British English: /spɪl/

noun

  • (for lighting fires — of wood)
    (— of paper)
    papel (masculine) enrollado
    Example sentences
    • In front of us stood a low oaken table on which there was more mead and wine, and, appropriately for the room, a collection of long clay pipes, loose tobacco and spills.

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