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stain

verb uk   /steɪn/ us  

stain verb (MARK)

C2 [I or T] to leave a mark on something that is difficult to remove: Tomato sauce stains terribly - it's really difficult to get it out of clothes. While she was changing the wheel on her car, her coat had become stained with oil. [I] If a material stains, it absorbs substances easily, causing it to become covered with marks, or coloured by a chemical: This carpet is ideal for the kitchen because it doesn't stain easily. [T] to change the colour of something using a chemical: She stripped the floorboards and stained them dark brown.
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stain verb (SPOIL)

C2 [T] literary to permanently spoil something such as someone's reputation: Several important politicians have had their reputations stained by this scandal. The country's history is stained with the blood of (= the country is guilty of killing) millions of innocent men and women.

stain

noun uk   /steɪn/ us  

stain noun (MARK)

B1 [C] a dirty mark on something that is difficult to remove: a blood/grass stain You can remove a red wine stain from a carpet by sprinkling salt over it. [C] a chemical for changing the colour of something

stain noun (DAMAGE)

[S] literary permanent damage to someone's reputation or character: His solicitor said, "He leaves this court without a stain on his character."
Translations of “stain”
in Korean 얼룩…
in Arabic بُقْعة, لَطْخة…
in French tacher, se tacher, teindre…
in Turkish leke, astar boya…
in Italian macchia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 痕跡, 沾汙,染汙, 留下汙跡…
in Russian пятно, краска, морилка…
in Polish plama, bejca, barwnik…
in Spanish manchar, pintar…
in Portuguese mancha…
in German beschmutzen, verschmutzen, färben…
in Catalan taca…
in Japanese しみ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 痕迹, 沾污,染污, 留下污迹…
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