American English

Definition of dust verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dust
    he / she / it dusts
    past simple dusted
    -ing form dusting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to clean furniture, a room, etc. by removing dust from surfaces with a cloth I broke the vase while I was dusting. dust something Could you dust the living room?
  2. 2[transitive] dust something (+ adv./prep.) to remove dirt from someone or something/yourself with your hands or a brush She dusted some ash from her sleeve.
  3. 3[transitive] dust something (with something) to cover something with fine powder Dust the cake with sugar.
  4. Phrasal Verbsdust somebody/somethingoff
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dust