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verb stain pronunciation in American English /steɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestaining
past tensestained
past participlestained
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to leave a mark on something accidentally

    The sink was badly stained.

    be stained with something:

    His fingers were stained with blue ink.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to add color to wood using a special liquid

    I’m going to stain it a deep red color.

  3. 3
    [transitive] science to add color to something in order to make it easier to examine under a microscope
  4. 4
    [transitive] if something stains someone’s reputation, character, etc., it spoils it


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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