- 1 [transitive, intransitive] clean (something) to make something free from dirt or dust by washing or rubbing it to clean the windows/bath/floor to clean a wound Have you cleaned your teeth? The villa is cleaned twice a week. I spent all day cooking and cleaning. see also dry-clean, spring-clean
- 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. Synonymscleanwash 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 villa is cleaned twice a week. Have you cleaned your teeth? This coat is filthy. I’ll have it cleaned (= dry-cleaned).wash to remove dirt from something using water and usually soap:He quickly washed his hands and face. These jeans need washing.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:Make sure you rinse all the soap out.cleanse to clean your skin or a wound.dry-clean to clean clothes using chemicals instead of water.Patterns to clean/wash/rinse/cleanse something in/with something to clean/wash/rinse 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-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. Word Origin Old English clǣne, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German klein
- 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
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BrE BrE//kliːn//; NAmE NAmE//kliːn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clean
BrE BrE//kliːn//; NAmE NAmE//kliːn//he / she / it cleans
BrE BrE//kliːnz//; NAmE NAmE//kliːnz//past simple cleaned
BrE BrE//kliːnd//; NAmE NAmE//kliːnd//past participle cleaned
BrE BrE//kliːnd//; NAmE NAmE//kliːnd//-ing form cleaning
BrE BrE//ˈkliːnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkliːnɪŋ//