- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to clean furniture, a room, etc. by removing dust from surfaces with a cloth I broke the vase while I was dusting. dust something Could you dust the sitting room?
- 2[transitive] dust something (+ adv./prep.) to remove dirt from somebody/something/yourself with your hands or a brush She dusted some ash from her sleeve.
- 3[transitive] dust something (with something) to cover something with fine powder Dust the cake with sugar. She dusted her cheekbones with blusher. Word Origin Old English dūst, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duist
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BrE BrE//dʌst//; NAmE NAmE//dʌst//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dust
BrE BrE//dʌst//; NAmE NAmE//dʌst//he / she / it dusts
BrE BrE//dʌsts//; NAmE NAmE//dʌsts//past simple dusted
BrE BrE//ˈdʌstɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌstɪd//past participle dusted
BrE BrE//ˈdʌstɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌstɪd//-ing form dusting
BrE BrE//ˈdʌstɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌstɪŋ//