Meaning of “smear” in the English Dictionary

"smear" in British English

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smearverb

uk /smɪər/ us /smɪr/

smearnoun [ C ]

uk /smɪər/ us /smɪr/

(Definition of “smear” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smear" in American English

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smearverb

us /smɪər/

smear verb (SPREAD)

[ T always + adv/prep ] to spread something soft or wet over a surface:

Mom smeared peanut butter and grape jelly on bagels for lunch.

smear verb (ACCUSE)

[ T ] to accuse someone publicly with the intention of harming the person's reputation:

He was smeared in the newspapers.

smearnoun [ C ]

us /smɪr/

smear noun [ C ] (ACCUSATION)

an accusation made publicly with the intention of harming a person’s reputation:

Throughout the election he had to contend with smears about his personal life.
She was upset by the smear tactics used by her opponents.

smear noun [ C ] (SPREAD)

a dirty mark on a surface made by something soft or wet:

He had a smear of paint on his shirt.

(Definition of “smear” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"smear" in Business English

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smearverb [ T ]

uk /smɪər/ us

to tell lies about someone or something in order to harm them:

Accusations of corruption were nothing but a deliberate attempt to smear the company and its management.

smearnoun [ C ]

uk /smɪər/ us

a lie that is told about a person or organization in order to harm their reputation:

They dismissed the stories of financial malpractice as an irrelevant smear.

(Definition of “smear” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)