Definition of tarnish
- Oxidation or discoloration, especially of a decorative metal exposed to air.
to tarnish (third-person singular simple present tarnishes, present participle tarnishing, simple past and past participle tarnished)
- To oxidize or discolor due to oxidation.
Careful storage of silver will prevent it from tarnishing.
- To soil, sully, damage or compromise
He is afraid that he will tarnish his reputation if he disagrees.
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