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

 

libel

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪbl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they libel
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪbl//
 
he / she / it libels
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪblz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪblz//
 
past simple libelled
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪbld//
 
past participle libelled
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪbld//
 
(especially US English) past simple libeled
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪbld//
 
(especially US English) past participle libeled
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪbld//
 
-ing form libelling
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪblɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪblɪŋ//
 
(especially US English) -ing form libeling
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪblɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪblɪŋ//
 
 
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(libelling, libelled, (especially US English)libeling, libeled) libel somebody to publish a written statement about somebody that is not true He claimed he had been libelled in an article the magazine had published. compare slander Word Origin Middle English (in the general sense ‘a document, a written statement’): via Old French from Latin libellus, diminutive of liber ‘book’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: libel

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