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Definition of brush verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brush
    he / she / it brushes
    past simple brushed
    -ing form brushing
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  1. 1[transitive] to clean, polish, or make something smooth with a brush brush something to brush your hair/teeth/shoes brush something + adj. A tiled floor is easy to brush clean.
  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 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 someone or 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. Phrasal Verbsbrush somebody/somethingasidebrush somethingdownbrush offbrush somebodyoffbrush somebody/yourself offbrush somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: brush