- 1[transitive] sponge somebody/yourself/something (down) to wash someone/yourself/something with a wet cloth or sponge synonym wipe She sponged his hot face. Take your jacket off and I'll sponge it down with water.
- 2[transitive] sponge something + adv./prep. to remove something using a wet cloth or sponge synonym wash We tried to sponge the blood off my shirt.
- 3[intransitive] sponge (off/on somebody) (informal) (disapproving) to get money, food, etc. regularly from other people without doing anything for them or offering to pay synonym scrounge He spent his life sponging off his relatives.
NAmE//spʌndʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sponge
he / she / it sponges
past simple sponged
-ing form sponging