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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


Antonymsdirty, soiled, unclean

2. clean free of restrictions or qualifications

SamplesA clean bill of health.
A clear winner.




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



4. clean free from impurities

SamplesClean water.
Fresh air.




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

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



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.


Antonymscontaminating, dirty

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

SamplesGood clean fun.
A clean joke.



See alsodecent


9. clean free from sepsis or infection

SamplesA clean (or uninfected) wound.



Antonymsinfected, septic

10. clean morally pure

SamplesLed a clean life.




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

SamplesFair copy.
A clean manuscript.




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



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.


Antonymsdifficult, hard

15. clean thorough and without qualification

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


Antonymsincomplete, uncomplete

16. clean not carrying concealed weapons



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.




18. clean free of drugs

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



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.


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


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.


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


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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