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Definition of defile verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



defile something (formal or literary)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defile
he / she / it defiles
past simple defiled
-ing form defiling
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to make something dirty or no longer pure, especially something that people consider important or holy Many victims of burglary feel their homes have been defiled. The altar had been defiled by vandals.
noun [uncountable, countable]
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