tarnish Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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uk   /ˈtɑː.nɪʃ/  us   /ˈtɑːr-/

tarnish verb (METAL)

[I or T] to make or (​especially of ​metal) ​become less ​bright or a different ​colour

tarnish verb (GOOD OPINION)

[T] to make ​peoplethink that someone or something is less good: By this ​time a ​series of ​scandals had ​severely tarnished the candidate's image/​reputation.
adjective uk   us   /-nɪʃt/
(Definition of tarnish from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tarnishverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈtɑr·nɪʃ/
(of ​metalsurfaces) to ​become less ​bright or a different ​color: [I] Silver tarnishes ​easily. If something tarnishes ​youropinion of someone or something, you no ​longerbelieve the ​person or thing is as good as you had ​thought: [T] The ​scandal has tarnished the agency’s ​reputation.
(Definition of tarnish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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