- 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 Phrasal Verbsscrub somethingoffscrub somethingoutscrub up
NAmE//skrʌb//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scrub
he / she / it scrubs
past simple scrubbed
-ing form scrubbing