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English adjective: clean

1. clean free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits


SamplesChildren with clean shining faces.
Clean white shirts.
Clean dishes.
A spotlessly clean house.
Cats are clean animals.


Similarcleanable, cleanly, dry-cleaned, fresh, immaculate, pristine, scrubbed, speckless, spic, spic-and-span, spick, spick-and-span, spotless, unsoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, unused, washed, water-washed


See alsoantiseptic, tidy


Attributecleanness


Antonymsdirty, soiled, unclean

2. clean free of restrictions or qualifications


SamplesA clean bill of health.
A clear winner.


Synonymsclear


Similarunqualified


Antonymsqualified

3. clean (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims


SamplesEfforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings.
Clear laughter like a waterfall.
Clear reds and blues.
A light lilting voice like a silver bell.


Synonymsclear, light, unclouded


Similarpure


Antonymsimpure

4. clean free from impurities


SamplesClean water.
Fresh air.


Synonymsfresh


Similarpure


Antonymsimpure

5. clean (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense


SamplesA clean voting record.
A clean driver's license.


Similarperfect


Antonymsimperfect

6. clean ritually clean or pure


Similarcosher, halal, kosher


See alsoclean, pure


Domain categoryfaith, religion, religious belief


Antonymsunclean, impure

7. clean not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination


SamplesA clean fuel.
Cleaner and more efficient engines.
The tactical bomb is reasonably clean.


Synonymsuncontaminating


Antonymscontaminating, dirty

8. clean (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers


SamplesGood clean fun.
A clean joke.


Synonymsunobjectionable


Similarantiseptic


See alsodecent


Antonymsdirty

9. clean free from sepsis or infection


SamplesA clean (or uninfected) wound.


Synonymsuninfected


Similarantiseptic


Antonymsinfected, septic

10. clean morally pure


SamplesLed a clean life.


Synonymsclean-living


Similarmoral


Antonymsimmoral

11. clean (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections


SamplesFair copy.
A clean manuscript.


Synonymsfair


Similarlegible


Antonymsillegible

12. clean (of a surface) not written or printed on


SamplesBlank pages.
Fill in the blank spaces.
A clean page.
Wide white margins.


Synonymsblank, white


Similarempty


Antonymsfull

13. clean exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play


SamplesA clean fight.
A sporting solution of the disagreement.
Sportsmanlike conduct.


Synonymssporting, sportsmanlike, sporty


Similarfair, just


Antonymsunfair, unjust

14. clean without difficulties or problems


SamplesA clean test flight.


Similareasy


Antonymsdifficult, hard

15. clean thorough and without qualification


SamplesA clean getaway.
A clean sweep.
A clean break.


Similarcomplete


Antonymsincomplete, uncomplete

16. clean not carrying concealed weapons


Similarunarmed


Antonymsarmed

17. clean free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed


SamplesHe landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek.
A clean throw.
The neat exactness of the surgeon's knife.


Synonymsneat


Similaradroit


Antonymsmaladroit

18. clean free of drugs


SamplesAfter a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years.


Similarunaddicted


Antonymsaddicted


English noun: clean

1. clean (act) a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead


Synonymsclean and jerk


Broader (hypernym)weightlift, weightlifting


Part holonymjerk


English adverb: clean

1. clean completely; used as intensifiers


SamplesClean forgot the appointment.
I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out.


Synonymsplum, plumb


Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

2. clean in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating


SamplesThey played fairly.


Synonymsfair, fairly


Antonymsbelow the belt, unfairly


English verb: clean

1. clean (contact) make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from


SamplesClean the stove!.
The dentist cleaned my teeth.


ExamplesThey clean the cape


Synonymsmake clean


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)bream, brush, disinfect, do the dishes, dry clean, dust, hoover, hygienise, hygienize, launder, pipe-clay, plume, preen, sanitise, sanitize, scavenge, steam, steam clean, sweep, vacuum, vacuum-clean, wash, wash up


Verb groupclean, clean, clean house, houseclean


Antonymsbegrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil

2. clean (change) remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits


SamplesClean the turkey.


Synonymspick


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

3. clean (contact) clean and tidy up the house


SamplesShe housecleans every week.


Synonymsclean house, houseclean


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)clean up, neaten, square away, straighten, straighten out, tidy, tidy up


Narrower (hyponym)G.I., GI, spring-clean


Verb groupclean, clean, make clean

4. clean (body) clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing


SamplesClean up before you see your grandparents.
Clean your fingernails before dinner.


ExamplesThey clean themselves


Synonymscleanse


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)groom, neaten


Narrower (hyponym)bath, bathe, bathe, decontaminate, douche, floss, lather, lave, soap, wash, wash

5. clean (stative) be cleanable


SamplesThis stove cleans easily.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)be


Verb groupclean, make clean

6. clean (contact) deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.


SamplesThe other players cleaned him completely.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)deprive, divest, strip

7. clean (contact) remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely


SamplesThe boys cleaned the sandwich platters.
The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm.


Synonymsstrip


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody of something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

8. clean (contact) remove while making clean


SamplesClean the spots off the rug.


ExamplesThey clean the snow from the path


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


Verb groupclean, clean house, houseclean

9. clean (change) remove unwanted substances from


Synonymsscavenge


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

10. clean (change) remove shells or husks from


SamplesClean grain before milling it.


ExamplesThe chefs clean the vegetables


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw









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