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Definition of smear verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    smear

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//smɪr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smear
     
    he / she / it smears
     
    past simple smeared
     
    -ing form smearing
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] to spread an oily or soft substance over a surface in a rough or careless way synonym daub smear something on/over something The children had smeared mud on the walls. smear something with something The children had smeared the walls with mud. His face was smeared with blood. synonyms at mark
  2. 2[transitive] smear something to make something dirty or greasy His glasses were smeared. smeared windows
  3. 3[transitive] smear somebody/something to damage someone's reputation by saying unpleasant things about them that are not true synonym slander The story was an attempt to smear the party leader.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] smear (something) to rub writing, a drawing, etc. so that it is no longer clear; to become not clear in this way synonym smudge The last few words of the letter were smeared.
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