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To make lower in value, quality, character, dignity, etc.; cheapen
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  1. To make lower in value, quality, character, dignity, etc.; cheapen
  2. To lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.
  3. To lower the value of (a currency) by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.
To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt:
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  1. To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt:
  2. To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors:
  3. To contaminate (water, air, etc.) with harmful chemicals, waste material, etc.
To stain; sully:
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  1. To stain; sully:
  2. To make dirty; soil
  3. To bring dishonor to; sully
(Linguistics) To influence the semantic properties or phonological form of (a word or phrase); blend with:
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  1. (Linguistics) To influence the semantic properties or phonological form of (a word or phrase); blend with:
  2. To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.
  3. To make impure, infected, corrupt, radioactive, etc. by contact with something or by the addition of something; pollute; defile; sully; taint
To bring shame or discredit upon; disgrace
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  1. To bring shame or discredit upon; disgrace
  2. To refuse or fail to pay (a check, draft, bill of exchange, etc.)
  3. To refuse to pay a claim embodied in a written document, such as a check or other negotiable instrument, when presented; to treat disrespectfully an object considered to have a public or sacred nature, such as a flag. To refuse to pay a claim embodied in a written document, such as a check or other negotiable instrument, when presented; to treat disrespectfully an object considered to have a public or sacred nature, such as a flag.
(Obs.) To become sullied
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  1. (Obs.) To become sullied
  2. To defile; taint:
  3. French politician. As chief minister to Henry IV, he replenished the treasury and encouraged agriculture and industry.
To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
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  1. To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
  2. To inappropriately change.
  3. To take away the sacredness of; treat as not sacred; profane
To ravage or spoil
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  1. To ravage or spoil
  2. To have sexual intercourse with (a woman who is a virgin).
  3. To take the virginity from (a woman) by having sexual intercourse with her
To make filthy; dirty; soil
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  1. To make filthy; dirty; soil
  2. To cast aspersions upon; speak badly of.
  3. To entangle or run against so as to impede motion.
To cover with grime; make dirty; soil
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  1. To cover with grime; make dirty; soil
  2. To smear or soil with or as if with dirt.
To stain; sully:
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  1. To stain; sully:
  2. To make dirty; soil
  3. To bring dishonor to; sully
To cover with or as with soil; stain; sully.
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To apply blacking to:
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  1. To apply blacking to:
  2. To make black:
  3. To become black.
To make black; darken
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  1. To make black; darken
  2. To become dark or black:
  3. To become black or dark
To make or become dirty; soil; tarnish; stain
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  1. To make or become dirty; soil; tarnish; stain
  2. To become soiled.
  3. To stain or tarnish with dishonor.
To fill (an orchard or an inhabited area) with dense smoke from a smudge pot in order to prevent damage from frost or to repel insects.
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  1. To fill (an orchard or an inhabited area) with dense smoke from a smudge pot in order to prevent damage from frost or to repel insects.
  2. To make dirty, especially in one small area:
  3. To smear or blur (something):
To make dirty; smudge
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  1. To make dirty; smudge
  2. To soil, stain or smudge
To dirty with excrement.
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  1. To dirty with excrement.
  2. The loose top layer of the Earth's surface, consisting of rock and mineral particles mixed with decayed organic matter (humus), and capable of retaining water, providing nutrients for plants, and supporting a wide range of biotic communities. Soil is formed by a combination of depositional, chemical, and biological processes and plays an important role in the carbon, nitrogen, and hydrologic cycles. Soil types vary widely from one region to another, depending on the type of bedrock they overlie and the climate in which they form. In wet and humid regions, for example, soils tend to be thicker than they do in dry regions.
  3. To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an enclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (such food having the effect of purging them), to purge by feeding on green food.
French politician. As chief minister to Henry IV, he replenished the treasury and encouraged agriculture and industry.
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  1. French politician. As chief minister to Henry IV, he replenished the treasury and encouraged agriculture and industry.
  2. (Obs.) To become sullied
  3. To mar the cleanness or luster of; soil or stain.
To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.
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  1. To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.
  2. To make impure, infected, corrupt, radioactive, etc. by contact with something or by the addition of something; pollute; defile; sully; taint
  3. (Linguistics) To influence the semantic properties or phonological form of (a word or phrase); blend with:
(--- Baseball) To hit a ball outside the foul lines:
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  1. (--- Baseball) To hit a ball outside the foul lines:
  2. In a foul manner.
  3. (--- Sports) To commit a foul.
To pollute:
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  1. To pollute:
  2. To give poison to; harm or destroy by means of poison
  3. To kill or harm with poison.
To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt:
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  1. To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt:
  2. To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors:
  3. To contaminate (water, air, etc.) with harmful chemicals, waste material, etc.
To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.
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  1. To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.
  2. To make impure, infected, corrupt, radioactive, etc. by contact with something or by the addition of something; pollute; defile; sully; taint
  3. (Linguistics) To influence the semantic properties or phonological form of (a word or phrase); blend with:
(--- Archaic) To render impure; contaminate.
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  1. (--- Archaic) To render impure; contaminate.
  2. To destroy or subvert the honesty or integrity of, as by offering bribes:
  3. To alter from original or proper form:
To cause to become diseased by bringing into contact with such an organism or matter
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  1. To cause to become diseased by bringing into contact with such an organism or matter
  2. To affect by transmission or be communicated to. Used of an idea, emotion, or attitude:
  3. To contaminate with a pathogenic microorganism or agent:
To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt:
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  1. To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt:
  2. To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors:
  3. To contaminate (water, air, etc.) with harmful chemicals, waste material, etc.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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  1. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
  2. The loose top layer of the Earth's surface, consisting of rock and mineral particles mixed with decayed organic matter (humus), and capable of retaining water, providing nutrients for plants, and supporting a wide range of biotic communities. Soil is formed by a combination of depositional, chemical, and biological processes and plays an important role in the carbon, nitrogen, and hydrologic cycles. Soil types vary widely from one region to another, depending on the type of bedrock they overlie and the climate in which they form. In wet and humid regions, for example, soils tend to be thicker than they do in dry regions.
  3. To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an enclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (such food having the effect of purging them), to purge by feeding on green food.
To subject to decay or putrefaction:
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  1. To subject to decay or putrefaction:
  2. To affect or associate with something undesirable or reprehensible:
  3. To expose to an infectious agent, toxin, or undesirable substance:
To take away the sacredness of; treat as not sacred; profane
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  1. To take away the sacredness of; treat as not sacred; profane
  2. To inappropriately change.
  3. To violate the sacredness of; profane.
To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt:
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  1. To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt:
  2. To contaminate (water, air, etc.) with harmful chemicals, waste material, etc.
  3. To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors:
To treat (sacred things) with irreverence or contempt; desecrate
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  1. To treat (sacred things) with irreverence or contempt; desecrate
  2. To treat with irreverence:
  3. To put to a base or improper use; debase; defile
To disturb rudely or improperly; interrupt:
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  1. To disturb rudely or improperly; interrupt:
  2. To disregard or act in a manner that does not conform to (a law or promise, for example).
  3. To do harm to (property or qualities considered sacred); desecrate or defile.
To ravage or spoil
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  1. To ravage or spoil
  2. To have sexual intercourse with (a woman who is a virgin).
  3. To take the virginity from (a woman) by having sexual intercourse with her
To disregard or act in a manner that does not conform to (a law or promise, for example).
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  1. To disregard or act in a manner that does not conform to (a law or promise, for example).
  2. To do harm to (property or qualities considered sacred); desecrate or defile.
  3. To disturb rudely or improperly; interrupt:
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