Definition of detergent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɜːdʒənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrdʒənt//
[uncountable, countable]
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a liquid or powder that helps remove dirt, for example from clothes or dishes see also dishwashing detergent Word Originearly 17th cent. (as an adjective): from Latin detergent- ‘wiping away’, from the verb detergere, from de- ‘away from’ + tergere ‘to wipe’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: detergent

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