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Definition of dry-clean verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

dry-clean

 verb
verb
 
(also clean) dry-clean somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dry-clean
 
he / she / it dry-cleans
 
past simple dry-cleaned
 
-ing form dry-cleaning
 
 
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to clean clothes using chemicals instead of water This garment must be dry-cleaned only. Thesauruscleanwash rinse cleanse dry-cleanThese words all mean to remove dirt from something, especially by using water and/or soap.clean to remove dirt or dust from something, especially by using water or chemicals:The house is cleaned twice a week.wash to remove dirt from something using water and usually soap:He quickly washed his hands and face. These jeans need to be washed.rinse to remove dirt, etc. from something using clean water only, not soap; to remove the soap from something with clean water after washing it:Rinse the cooked pasta with boiling water. Make sure you rinse out all the soap.cleanse to clean something or make it pure, especially your skin or a wounddry-clean to clean clothes using chemicals instead of waterPatterns to clean/wash/rinse/cleanse something in/with something to clean/wash/rinse/cleanse something from something to clean/wash/cleanse a wound to clean/wash the car/floor to wash/rinse your hair to have something cleaned/washed/dry-cleaned
dry-cleaning
 
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noun [uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dry-clean