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Definition of stain verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stain
    he / she / it stains
    past simple stained
    -ing form staining
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to leave a mark that is difficult to remove on something; to be marked in this way stain (something) (with something) I hope it doesn't stain the carpet. This carpet stains easily. stain something + adj. The juice from the berries stained their fingers red.
  2. 2[transitive] to change the color of something using a colored liquid stain something to stain wood Stain the specimen before looking at it under the microscope. stain something + adj. They stained the floors dark brown.
  3. 3[transitive] stain something (formal) to damage the opinion that people have of something The events had stained the city's reputation unfairly.
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