Meaning of SOIL in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ sɔɪl ]

( soils, soiling, soiled)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Soil is the substance on the surface of the earth in which plants grow.

We have the most fertile soil in Europe.

...regions with sandy soils.



You can use soil in expressions like British soil to refer to a country’s territory.

The issue of foreign troops on Turkish soil is a sensitive one.

= territory

N-UNCOUNT : with supp


If you soil something, you make it dirty. ( FORMAL )

Young people don’t want to do things that soil their hands...

He raised his eyes slightly as though her words might somehow soil him.

= dirty

VERB : V n , V n

• soiled

...a soiled white apron.

= dirty


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