- 1[transitive, intransitive] to clean something by rubbing it hard, perhaps with a brush and usually with soap and water scrub something/yourself I found him in the kitchen, scrubbing the floor. He stepped into the shower and scrubbed himself all over. scrub something/yourself down She scrubbed the counters down with bleach. scrub (at something) The woman scrubbed at her face with a tissue. scrub something/yourself + adj. Scrub the vegetables clean.
- 2[transitive] scrub something (informal) to cancel something that you have arranged to do Word Originverb late 16th cent.: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schrobben, schrubben.Extra examples He scrubbed the blood from his shoes. She scrubbed at the child’s face with a tissue. The table had been scrubbed clean. his freshly scrubbed face Phrasal Verbsscrub somethingoffscrub somethingoutscrub up
BrE BrE//skrʌb//; NAmE NAmE//skrʌb//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scrub
BrE BrE//skrʌb//; NAmE NAmE//skrʌb//he / she / it scrubs
BrE BrE//skrʌbz//; NAmE NAmE//skrʌbz//past simple scrubbed
BrE BrE//skrʌbd//; NAmE NAmE//skrʌbd//past participle scrubbed
BrE BrE//skrʌbd//; NAmE NAmE//skrʌbd//-ing form scrubbing
BrE BrE//ˈskrʌbɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrʌbɪŋ//