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English definition of “stain”

stain

verb (MARK)    /steɪn/
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 .Making things dirty and untidy [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 .Making things dirty and untidy [T] to change the colour of something using a chemical : She stripped the floorboards and stained them dark brown .Colour - general words
(Definition of stain verb (MARK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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