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stain

stain

 
 
pronunciation:
steIn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a spot or colored mark.
Dirt stains on the carpet are hard to remove.
synonyms:
blotch, smear, smudge, speck, spot
similar words:
tarnish
definition 2: a dye used to color something.
We used a dark stain on the floors to make them look nice.
definition 3: something that causes shame.
The lies he told at school left a stain on his character.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: stained, staining, stains
definition 1: to spot or color.
The grass stained my pants.
synonyms:
blot, smudge, spot
similar words:
blemish, soil, tarnish
definition 2: to cause to take on a new color by putting on a stain.
I stained the old chair in our living room.
synonyms:
dye
similar words:
color, finish, tinge, tint
definition 3: to mark with shame or dishonor.
Cheating on the exam stained his reputation.
synonyms:
blacken, brand, smear, soil, tarnish
similar words:
disgrace, mark
definition 4: to become, or be able to become, stained.
This wood stains nicely.
synonyms:
smear, smudge, soil
similar words:
color, dye, mark, tarnish
derivations: stainable (adj.), stained (adj.), stainability (n.), stainer (n.)
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  • stained:
    having a stain.
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