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"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 British English

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smearverb

uk   /smɪər/  us   /smɪr/

smearnoun [C]

uk   /smɪər/  us   /smɪr/
(Definition of smear from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smear" in Business English

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smearverb [T]

uk   us   /smɪər/
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   us   /smɪər/
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)
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