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befoul

be·foul

befoul

pronunciation:
b faUl
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: befouled, befouling, befouls
definition 1: to make foul; defile.
similar words:
defile, foul, pollute
definition 2: to speak ill of; disparage exceedingly.
derivations: befouler (n.), befoulment (n.)
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The word befoul contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.