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verb     scar pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlescarring
past tensescarred
past participlescarred
  1. 1
    [transitive] [usually passive] 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.
      [transitive] [usually passive] to leave permanent marks on something, especially as a result of damage

      Her suitcase was scarred and battered from years of use.

    2. b.



      scar over

      [intransitive] if a cut or other injury on your body scars, it forms a scar as it becomes better
  2. 2
    [transitive] [usually passive] 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.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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