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stain

verb
 
 
/steɪn/
MARK [I, T] to leave a dirty mark on something that is difficult to remove, or to become dirty in this way: That wine I spilt has stained my shirt. Avoid light carpets because they stain easily.Making things dirty and untidy
PAINT [T] to paint a wooden surface with a thin paint in order to change its colour: She stained the bookcase to match the desk.Paints, dyes and pigmentsColour - general words
(Definition of stain verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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