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Definition of tarnish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tarnish
    he / she / it tarnishes
    past simple tarnished
    -ing form tarnishing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] if metal tarnishes or something tarnishes it, it no longer looks bright and shiny The mirrors had tarnished with age. tarnish something The silver candlesticks were tarnished and dusty.
  2. 2[transitive] tarnish something to spoil the good opinion people have of someone or something synonym taint He hopes to improve the newspaper's somewhat tarnished public image.
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