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Verb

Infinitive
to smear

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to smear (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To spread (a substance, especially one that colours or is dirty) across a surface by rubbing.
    The artist smeared paint over the canvas in broad strokes.
  2. (transitive) To have a substance smeared on (a surface).
    She smeared her lips with lipstick.
  3. (transitive) To damage someone's reputation by slandering, misrepresenting, or otherwise making false accusations about an individual, their statements, or their actions.
    The opposition party attempted to smear the candidate by spreading incorrect and unverifiable rumors about their personal behavior.
  4. (intransitive) To become spread by smearing.
    The paint is still wet — don't touch it or it will smear.

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Noun

Singular
smear

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  1. A mark made by smearing.
    This detergent cleans windows without leaving smears.
  2. (medicine) A Pap smear.
    I'm going to the doctor's this afternoon for a smear.

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