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ink

noun [C or U] uk   /ɪŋk/ us  

ink noun [C or U] (LIQUID)

B1 coloured liquid used for writing, printing, and drawing: a bottle of ink blue/black/red ink Please write in ink, not in pencil. The book is printed in three different coloured inks.
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ink noun [C or U] (DECORATION)

informal tattoos (= patterns that are made on the skin using needles and ink): I have only been tattooing for nine months but people seem to like my ink.

ink

verb [T] uk   /ɪŋk/ us  

ink verb [T] (PUT INK ON)

specialized publishing, art to put ink on something: The printing plates have to be inked before they will print on the paper.

ink verb [T] (DECORATE SKIN)

informal to tattoo someone (= decorate their skin with patterns using needles and ink): Here are some important points to note before you get inked.
Translations of “ink”
in Korean 잉크…
in Arabic حِبْر…
in French encre…
in Turkish mürekkep…
in Italian inchiostro…
in Chinese (Traditional) 墨水, 油墨, 墨汁…
in Russian чернила…
in Polish atrament, tusz…
in Spanish tinta…
in Portuguese tinta…
in German die Tinte…
in Catalan tinta…
in Japanese インク…
in Chinese (Simplified) 墨水, 油墨, 墨汁…
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