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Definition of whitewash verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    whitewash

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪtwɒʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɑːʃ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɔːʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whitewash
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪtwɒʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɑːʃ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɔːʃ//
     
    he / she / it whitewashes
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪtwɒʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɑːʃɪz//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɔːʃɪz//
     
    past simple whitewashed
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪtwɒʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɑːʃt//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɔːʃt//
     
    past participle whitewashed
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪtwɒʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɑːʃt//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɔːʃt//
     
    -ing form whitewashing
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪtwɒʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɑːʃɪŋ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɔːʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1whitewash something to cover something such as a wall with whitewash
  2. 2whitewash somebody/something (disapproving) to try to hide unpleasant facts about somebody/something; to try to make something seem better than it is His wife had wanted to whitewash his reputation after he died.
  3. 3whitewash somebody/something (especially British English) (in sport) to defeat an opponent in every game in a series
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