Definition of dry-clean verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dry-clean

 verb
verb
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(also clean)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dry-clean
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he / she / it dry-cleans
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past simple dry-cleaned
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past participle dry-cleaned
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-ing form dry-cleaning
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dry-clean something to clean clothes using chemicals instead of water This garment must be dry-cleaned only. Synonymscleanwash rinse cleanse dry-cleanThese words all mean to remove dirt from something, especially by using water and/​or soap.clean to remove dirt or dust from something, especially by using water or chemicals:The villa is cleaned twice a week. Have you cleaned your teeth? This coat is filthy. I’ll have it cleaned (= dry-cleaned).wash to remove dirt from something using water and usually soap:He quickly washed his hands and face. These jeans need washing.rinse to remove dirt, etc. from something using clean water only, not soap; to remove the soap from something with clean water after washing it:Make sure you rinse all the soap out.cleanse to clean your skin or a wound.dry-clean to clean clothes using chemicals instead of water.Patterns to clean/​wash/​rinse/​cleanse something in/​with something to clean/​wash/​rinse something from something to clean/​wash/​cleanse a wound to clean/​wash the car/​floor to wash/​rinse your hair to have something cleaned/​washed/​dry-cleaned
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dry-clean