taint Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"taint" in British English

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taintverb [T]

uk   us   /teɪnt/
to ​spoil something, ​especiallyfood or ​blood, by ​adding a ​harmfulsubstance, or to ​spoil people's ​opinion of someone: His ​reputation was ​permanently tainted by the ​financialscandal.
taint
noun [C usually singular, U] uk   us  
The ​enquirycleared him of any taint ofsuspicion/​dishonesty.
(Definition of taint from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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taintverb [T]

 us   /teɪnt/
to ​damage the ​quality, ​taste, or ​value of something: Bacteria had tainted the ​meat. His ​reputation was ​permanently tainted by the ​scandal.
taint
noun [U]  us   /teɪnt/
The taint of ​scandalfollowed him for ​years.
(Definition of taint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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