What does spoil mean?

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  1. (transitive, archaic) To strip (someone who has been killed or defeated) of their arms or armour. [from 14th c.]
  2. (transitive, archaic) To strip or deprive (someone) of their possessions; to rob, despoil. [from 14th c.]
  3. (transitive) To plunder, pillage (a city, country etc.). [from 14th c.]
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To carry off (goods) by force; to steal. [14th-19th c.]
  5. (transitive) To ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use. [from 16th c.]
  6. (transitive) To ruin the character of, by overindulgence; to coddle or pamper to excess. [from 17th c.]
  7. (intransitive) Of food, to become bad, sour or rancid; to decay. [from 17th c.]
  8. (transitive) To render (a ballot paper) invalid by deliberately defacing it. [from 19th c.]
  9. (transitive) To reveal the ending of (a story etc.); to ruin (a surprise) by exposing it ahead of time.
  1. (Also in plural: spoils) Plunder taken from an enemy or victim.
  2. (uncountable) Material (such as rock or earth) removed in the course of an excavation, or in mining or dredging. Tailings.
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