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

     

    comb

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kəʊm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they comb
    BrE BrE//kəʊm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊm//
     
    he / she / it combs
    BrE BrE//kəʊmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊmz//
     
    past simple combed
    BrE BrE//kəʊmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊmd//
     
    past participle combed
    BrE BrE//kəʊmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊmd//
     
    -ing form combing
    BrE BrE//ˈkəʊmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊmɪŋ//
     
    Styling hair
     
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  1. 1[transitive] comb something to pull a comb through your hair in order to make it neat Don't forget to comb your hair! Her hair was neatly combed back. See related entries: Styling hair
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to search something carefully in order to find somebody/something synonym scour comb something I combed the shops looking for something to wear. comb something for somebody/something The police combed the area for clues. comb through something (for somebody/something) They combed through the files for evidence of fraud.
  3. 3[transitive] comb something (specialist) to make wool, cotton, etc. clean and straight using a special comb so that it can be used to make cloth
  4. Word Origin Old English camb, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kam and German Kamm. Phrasal Verbscomb somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: comb