Definition of brainwash verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

brainwash

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verb
NAmE//ˈbreɪnwɑʃ//
 
, NAmE//ˈbreɪnwɔʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brainwash
 
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he / she / it brainwashes
 
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past simple brainwashed
 
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-ing form brainwashing
 
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to force someone to accept your ideas or beliefs, for example by repeating the same thing many times or by preventing the person from thinking clearly brainwash somebody The group is accused of brainwashing its young members. brainwash somebody into doing something Women have been brainwashed into thinking that they need to work in order to fulfill themselves.
brainwashingnoun[uncountable]
 
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the victims of brainwashing and torture
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