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

 

taint

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//teɪnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//teɪnt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they taint
BrE BrE//teɪnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//teɪnt//
 
he / she / it taints
BrE BrE//teɪnts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//teɪnts//
 
past simple tainted
BrE BrE//ˈteɪntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪntɪd//
 
past participle tainted
BrE BrE//ˈteɪntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪntɪd//
 
-ing form tainting
BrE BrE//ˈteɪntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪntɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] taint something (with something) (formal) to damage or spoil the quality of something or the opinion that people have of somebody/something The administration was tainted with scandal. The courts were irredeemably tainted by past association with the military. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘convict, prove guilty’): partly from Old French teint ‘tinged’, based on Latin tingere ‘to dye, tinge’; partly a shortening of attaint.
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