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smudgenoun [C]

us   /smʌdʒ/
a mark left 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 sticky mark 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)







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smudgenoun [C]

uk   /smʌdʒ/ us   /smʌdʒ/
a mark with no particular shape that is caused, usually by accident, by rubbing something such as ink or a dirty finger across 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/
(Definition of smudge from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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