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Definition of whitewash verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɔʃ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whitewash
    he / she / it whitewashes
    past simple whitewashed
    -ing form whitewashing
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  1. 1whitewash something to cover something such as a wall with whitewash
  2. 2whitewash somebody/something (disapproving) to try to hide unpleasant facts about someone or something; to try to make something seem better than it is His wife had wanted to whitewash his reputation after he died.
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