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Definition of deface verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

deface

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deface
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪs//
 
he / she / it defaces
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪsɪz//
 
past simple defaced
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪst//
 
past participle defaced
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪst//
 
-ing form defacing
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪsɪŋ//
 
 
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deface something to damage the appearance of something especially by drawing or writing on it They were charged with defacing public property. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French desfacier, from des- (expressing removal) + face ‘face’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deface