To add water to a mixture to dilute it; SYN. stretch, water down, dilute, debase.
Corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
1. To make foul; to soil.
2. To entangle or run against so as to impede motion.
To soil with grime or dirt deeply impressed or rubbed in.
To smear with any viscous, glutinous matter; to bedaub; to soil.
To smirch or soil; to discolor; to obscure. Hence: To dishonor; to sully.
To mark with, or as if with, spots.
To reveal; to betray; to divulge.
1. To adulterate the purity of.
2. To make impure in a figurative sense.
3. To make radioactive by adding radioactive material.
ETYM Old Eng. defoulen, -foilen, to tread down, Old Fren. defouler; de- + fouler to trample, and Old Eng. defoulen to foul (influenced in form by the older verb defoilen). Related to File to defile, Foul, Defoul.
To place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; SYN. sully, corrupt, taint, cloud.
To make soiled, filthy, or dirty; SYN. soil, begrime, grime, colly, bemire.
To besmear; bedraggle
Variant of imbrue.
To permeate or impregnate; SYN. drench.
To wet or moisten; to dye; soak.
Sinonimi: mess up
1. To make a mess of or create disorder in; SYN. mess up.
2. To eat in a mess hall, in the military.
ETYM From the root of smear.
1. To smear so as to make dirty or stained; SYN. besmirch.
2. To bring discredit or disgrace on.
1. To affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn.
2. To become affected with smut, as of corn.
3. To stain with a dirty substance, such as soot.
1. To become spotted
2. To make a spot or mark onto; SYN. stain, fleck, blob, blot.
3. To mark with a spot or spots
1. To mark with dye, as of furniture
2. To produce or leave stains
To soil; to make dirty; to spot; to tarnish