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Definition of comb verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they comb
    he / she / it combs
    past simple combed
    -ing form combing
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  1. 1[transitive] comb something to pull a comb through your hair in order to make it neat Don't forget to comb your hair! Her hair was combed back neatly.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to search something carefully in order to find someone or something synonym scour comb something I combed the stores looking for something to wear. comb something for somebody/something The police combed the area for clues. comb through something (for somebody/something) They combed through the files for evidence of fraud.
  3. 3[transitive] comb something (technology) to make wool, cotton, etc. clean and straight using a special comb so that it can be used to make cloth
  4. Phrasal Verbscomb somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: comb