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verb [transitive] [usually passive] scar pronunciation in British English /skɑː(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyscar
he/she/itscars
present participlescarring
past tensescarred
past participlescarred
  1. 1
    to leave a permanent mark on someone’s skin as the result of an injury

    Rachel was badly scarred in a car accident.

    1. a.
      to leave permanent marks on something, especially as a result of damage

      Her suitcase was scarred and battered from years of use.

  2. 2
    if an unpleasant experience scars someone, it has a permanent effect on the way that they think and live

    Their lives were scarred by poverty and illness.

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