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smear  audio  (smîr) KEY 

VERB:
smeared, smear·ing, smears
VERB:
tr.
    1. To spread or daub with a sticky, greasy, or dirty substance.
    2. To apply by spreading or daubing: smeared suntan lotion on my face and arms.
  1. To stain by or as if by spreading or daubing with a sticky, greasy, or dirty substance.
  2. To stain or attempt to destroy the reputation of; vilify: political enemies who smeared his name.
  3. Slang To defeat utterly; smash.
VERB:
intr.
To be or become stained or dirtied.
NOUN:
  1. A mark made by smearing; a spot or blot.
  2. A substance to be spread on a surface.
  3. Biology A sample, as of blood or bacterial cells, spread on a slide for microscopic examination or on the surface of a culture medium.
    1. Vilification or slander.
    2. A vilifying or slanderous remark.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English smeren, to anoint, from Old English smerian


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