scarscar1 /skɑː $ skɑːr/ ●●○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1mark on skinMI a permanentmark that is left on your skin after you have had a cut or wound 🔊 He had a long, curved scar on his right cheek. 🔊 a deep cut that could leave a permanent scar2feelingMP a feeling of fear or sadness that remains with you for a long time after an unpleasant experience 🔊 Her mental scars will take time to heal. 🔊 The war has left a deep scar on this community.3damaged areaMARK a place where the land or a building was damaged in the pastscar of 🔊 The landscape still bears the scars of the war.4cliff British EnglishSG a cliff on the side of a mountainCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a permanent mark that is left on your skin after you have had a cut or woundadjectivesa big/long scarFor the patients, keyhole surgery means no big scar.a small scarShe could see the small scar on his right cheek.a red/white scarShe still had the faint white scar on her ankle.a permanent scarIf the wound is not stitched, a permanent scar may result.an ugly/unsightly scar (=unattractive)The ugly scar spoiled and distorted his face.a disfiguring scar (=spoiling someone’s appearance)She was left with disfiguring scars.a puckered scar (=one where the skin has not healed flat)She pulled back her hair and showed me a puckered scar near her ear.a surgical scar (=caused by a medical operation)He had a large surgical scar on his back.a physical scar (=a scar on your body, contrasted with a mental scar )Those three months left her with lifelong physical and psychological scars.verbsleave a scarThe injury is deep and will leave quite a scar.have a scarHe had a small white scar under his left eye.bear a scar formal (=have it on your body)He still bore the scars of its teeth on his leg.a scar runs somewhereA scar ran from the corner of his eye to under his jawbone.scar + NOUNscar tissueHis hand was rough with scar tissue.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a feeling of fear or sadness that remains with you for a long time after an unpleasant experienceadjectivesa deep scarThe death of his mother left a deep scar on the young boy.a permanent scarThat affair left a permanent scar on my heart.psychological/mental/emotional scarsThe mental scars left by the accident are still with him.verbsleave a scar (=leave someone with feelings of fear or sadness)Psychologically, the attack has left a deep scar.carry/bear scars (=to suffer from feelings of fear or sadness )These children will carry their emotional scars with them for the rest of their lives.scars healThe mental scars will eventually heal.
scarscar2 verb (scarred, scarring) [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1MIif a wound or cut scars you, it leaves a permanent mark on your body 🔊 His hands were badly scarred by the fire. 🔊 She will probably be scarred for life.2MPif an unpleasant experience scars you, it leaves you with a feeling of sadness or fear that continues for a long time 🔊 She was scarred by her father’s suicide.3MIto spoil the appearance of something syn deface 🔊 quarries that scar the landscapeCOLLOCATIONSadverbsbe badly scarredHer legs were badly scarred from a car accident.be permanently scarredHis face had been permanently scarred by smallpox.be hideously scarred (=in a very unattractive way)The right side of her face was hideously scarred.be scarred for life (=get a permanent scar)A little girl has been scarred for life in a tragic playground accident.leave somebody scarredThe surgery left her face and neck scarred.→ See Verb table