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smudgenoun [C]

 us   /smʌdʒ/
a ​markleft on a ​surface, usually ​unintentionally, from having ​touched something ​wet or ​sticky: Trev ​wiped a smudge of ​chocolate from the ​side of his ​mouth.

smudgeverb [T]

 us   /smʌdʒ/
to make a ​dirty, ​wet, or ​stickymark on a ​surface: She was ​sweaty and her ​face was smudged with ​dirt.
If you smudge something that is ​neat, you make it ​messy: She ​draws a ​line and then smudges it with her ​finger.
(Definition of smudge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"smudge" in British English

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smudgenoun [C]

uk   /smʌdʒ/  us   /smʌdʒ/
a ​mark with no ​particularshape that is ​caused, usually by ​accident, by ​rubbing something such as ​ink or a ​dirtyfingeracross a ​surface: Her ​hands were ​covered in ​dust and she had a ​black smudge on her ​nose.figurative She said we were ​nearly there, but the ​island was still no more than a ​distant smudge on the ​horizon.
smudgy
adjective uk   /ˈsmʌdʒ.i/  us   /ˈsmʌdʒ.i/

smudgeverb [I or T]

uk   /smʌdʒ/  us   /smʌdʒ/
smudging
noun [U] uk   /ˈsmʌdʒ.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈsmʌdʒ.ɪŋ/
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