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Definition of bleach verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bleach

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bliːtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bliːtʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bleach
BrE BrE//bliːtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bliːtʃ//
 
he / she / it bleaches
BrE BrE//ˈbliːtʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbliːtʃɪz//
 
past simple bleached
BrE BrE//bliːtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bliːtʃt//
 
past participle bleached
BrE BrE//bliːtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bliːtʃt//
 
-ing form bleaching
BrE BrE//ˈbliːtʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbliːtʃɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to become white or pale by a chemical process or by the effect of light from the sun; to make something white or pale in this way bones of animals bleaching in the sun bleach something His hair was bleached by the sun. bleached cotton/paper bleach something + adj. She bleached her hair blonde. Word Origin Old English blǣcan (verb), blǣce (noun), from blǣc ‘pale’, of Germanic origin; related to bleak.Extra examples His mousy hair had been bleached by the sun. She used make-up and bleached her hair. The paper is bleached with chlorine.
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