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

      

    brush

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//brʌʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//brʌʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brush
    BrE BrE//brʌʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//brʌʃ//
     
    he / she / it brushes
    BrE BrE//ˈbrʌʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrʌʃɪz//
     
    past simple brushed
    BrE BrE//brʌʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//brʌʃt//
     
    past participle brushed
    BrE BrE//brʌʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//brʌʃt//
     
    -ing form brushing
    BrE BrE//ˈbrʌʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrʌʃɪŋ//
     
    Styling hair
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] to clean, polish, or make smooth with a brush brush something to brush your hair/teeth/shoes brush something + adj. A tiled floor is easy to brush clean. See related entries: Styling hair
  2. 2[transitive] to put something, for example oil, milk or egg, on something using a brush brush A with B Brush the pastry with beaten egg. brush B over, on, etc. A Brush beaten egg over the pastry.
  3. 3  [transitive] brush something + adv./prep. to remove something from a surface with a brush or with your hand He brushed the dirt off his jacket. She brushed the fly away.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] to touch somebody/something lightly while moving close to them/it brush against/by/past somebody/something She brushed past him. His hand accidentally brushed against hers. brush something The leaves brushed her cheek. brush something with something He brushed her lips with his.
  5. Word Originverb Middle English: noun from Old French broisse; verb partly from Old French brosser ‘to sweep’.Extra examples He brushed the mud from his coat. Her hair was brushed back in a pony tail. I hardly noticed the man who brushed past me in the corridor. Lucille brushed at the blood on his jacket. She brushed away her tears. She brushed by him and dashed up the stairs. She brushed her hair out of her eyes. She carefully avoided brushing against the man sitting beside her at the table. She hummed happily as she brushed down her coat. brushing the crumbs off the table The non-slip surface is easy to brush clean. Phrasal Verbsbrush aside somebodybrush somebody downbrush somethingdownbrush offbrush somebodyoffbrush somebody offbrush somethingup
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