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English definition of “tarnish”

tarnish

verb [I or T] (METAL)    /ˈtɑː.nɪʃ/ US  /ˈtɑːr-/
to make or (especially of metal) become less bright or a different colourMetals and metalworkingChemical elementsMaking things dirty and untidy tarnished     /-nɪʃt/ adjective Metals and metalworkingChemical elementsDirty and untidyDamaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
(Definition of tarnish verb (METAL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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