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

     

    tarnish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tarnish
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it tarnishes
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple tarnished
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃt//
     
    past participle tarnished
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃt//
     
    -ing form tarnishing
    BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody/something synonym taint He hopes to improve the newspaper's somewhat tarnished public image. their severely tarnished reputation
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): from French terniss-, lengthened stem of ternir, from terne ‘dark, dull’.
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