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

 

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verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈfaɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfaɪl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defile
BrE BrE//dɪˈfaɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfaɪl//
 
he / she / it defiles
BrE BrE//dɪˈfaɪlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfaɪlz//
 
past simple defiled
BrE BrE//dɪˈfaɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfaɪld//
 
past participle defiled
BrE BrE//dɪˈfaɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfaɪld//
 
-ing form defiling
BrE BrE//dɪˈfaɪlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfaɪlɪŋ//
 
 
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defile something (formal or literary) to make something dirty or no longer pure, especially something that people consider important or holy Many victims of burglary feel their homes have been defiled. The altar had been defiled by vandals. Word Origin late Middle English: alteration of obsolete defoul, from Old French defouler ‘trample down’, influenced by obsolete befile ‘pollute, defile’.
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