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

      

    dust

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dʌst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dust
    BrE BrE//dʌst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌst//
     
    he / she / it dusts
    BrE BrE//dʌsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʌsts//
     
    past simple dusted
    BrE BrE//ˈdʌstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌstɪd//
     
    past participle dusted
    BrE BrE//ˈdʌstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌstɪd//
     
    -ing form dusting
    BrE BrE//ˈdʌstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌstɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to clean furniture, a room, etc. by removing dust from surfaces with a cloth I broke the vase while I was dusting. dust something Could you dust the sitting room?
  2. 2[transitive] dust something (+ adv./prep.) to remove dirt from somebody/something/yourself with your hands or a brush She dusted some ash from her sleeve.
  3. 3[transitive] dust something (with something) to cover something with fine powder Dust the cake with sugar. She dusted her cheekbones with blusher.
  4. Word Origin Old English dūst, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duist ‘chaff’.Idioms (British English, informal) completely finished That's my article for the magazine done and dusted. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet. Phrasal Verbsdust down somebodydust off somebody
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