- 1 [transitive, intransitive] clean (something) to make something free from dirt or dust by washing or rubbing it to clean the windows/bathroom/floor to clean a woundThe villa is cleaned twice a week. I spent all day cooking and cleaning. see also dry-clean, spring-cleaning
- 2[intransitive] to become clean This oven cleans easily (= is easy to clean).
- 3[transitive] clean something = dry-clean This coat is filthy. I'll have it cleaned.
- 4[transitive] clean something to remove the inside parts of a fish, chicken, etc. before you cook it Clean the fish and remove the backbone. Thesauruscleanwash 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 house is cleaned twice a week.wash to remove dirt from something using water and usually soap:He quickly washed his hands and face. These jeans need to be washed.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:Rinse the cooked pasta with boiling water. Make sure you rinse out all the soap.cleanse to clean something or make it pure, especially your skin or a wounddry-clean to clean clothes using chemicals instead of waterPatterns to clean/wash/rinse/cleanse something in/with something to clean/wash/rinse/cleanse 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-cleanedIdioms
- 1to remove people or things that are not necessary or wanted The new manager said he wanted to clean house.
- 2to make your house clean
NAmE//klin//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clean
he / she / it cleans
past simple cleaned
-ing form cleaning
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to start behaving in a moral or responsible way He cleaned up his act and got a job. Phrasal Verbsclean something off/from somethingclean somethingoutclean somebody outclean somebody/something outclean (yourself) upclean upclean somethingup
clean up your act (informal)jump to other results