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Meaning & Definition of Clean in English

English

Clean

/klin/

noun

1. A weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead

    synonym:
  • clean and jerk
  • ,
  • clean

verb

1. Make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

  • "Clean the stove!"
  • "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • make clean

2. Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits

  • "Clean the turkey"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • pick

3. Clean and tidy up the house

  • "She housecleans every week"
    synonym:
  • houseclean
  • ,
  • clean house
  • ,
  • clean

4. Clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

  • "Clean up before you see your grandparents"
  • "Clean your fingernails before dinner"
    synonym:
  • cleanse
  • ,
  • clean

5. Be cleanable

  • "This stove cleans easily"
    synonym:
  • clean

6. Deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.

  • "The other players cleaned him completely"
    synonym:
  • clean

7. Remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely

  • "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"
  • "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • strip

8. Remove while making clean

  • "Clean the spots off the rug"
    synonym:
  • clean

9. Remove unwanted substances from

    synonym:
  • scavenge
  • ,
  • clean

10. Remove shells or husks from

  • "Clean grain before milling it"
    synonym:
  • clean

adjective

1. Free from dirt or impurities

  • Or having clean habits
  • "Children with clean shining faces"
  • "Clean white shirts"
  • "Clean dishes"
  • "A spotlessly clean house"
  • "Cats are clean animals"
    synonym:
  • clean

2. Free of restrictions or qualifications

  • "A clean bill of health"
  • "A clear winner"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • clear

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

  • "Efforts 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"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • clear
  • ,
  • light
  • ,
  • unclouded

4. Free from impurities

  • "Clean water"
  • "Fresh air"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • fresh

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

  • "A clean voting record"
  • "A clean driver's license"
    synonym:
  • clean

6. Ritually clean or pure

    synonym:
  • clean

7. Not spreading pollution or contamination

  • Especially radioactive contamination
  • "A clean fuel"
  • "Cleaner and more efficient engines"
  • "The tactical bomb is reasonably clean"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • uncontaminating

8. (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements

  • Fit for all observers
  • "Good clean fun"
  • "A clean joke"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • unobjectionable

9. Free from sepsis or infection

  • "A clean (or uninfected) wound"
    synonym:
  • uninfected
  • ,
  • clean

10. Morally pure

  • "Led a clean life"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • clean-living

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

  • "Fair copy"
  • "A clean manuscript"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • fair

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

  • "Blank pages"
  • "Fill in the blank spaces"
  • "A clean page"
  • "Wide white margins"
    synonym:
  • blank
  • ,
  • clean
  • ,
  • white

13. Exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play

  • "A clean fight"
  • "A sporting solution of the disagreement"
  • "Sportsmanlike conduct"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • sporting
  • ,
  • sporty
  • ,
  • sportsmanlike

14. Without difficulties or problems

  • "A clean test flight"
    synonym:
  • clean

15. Thorough and without qualification

  • "A clean getaway"
  • "A clean sweep"
  • "A clean break"
    synonym:
  • clean

16. Not carrying concealed weapons

    synonym:
  • clean

17. Free from clumsiness

  • Precisely or deftly executed
  • "He landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"
  • "A clean throw"
  • "The neat exactness of the surgeon's knife"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • neat

18. Free of drugs

  • "After a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"
    synonym:
  • clean

adverb

1. Completely

  • Used as intensifiers
  • "Clean forgot the appointment"
  • "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • plumb
  • ,
  • plum

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

  • "They played fairly"
    synonym:
  • fairly
  • ,
  • fair
  • ,
  • clean

Examples of using

Have you also got a few clean cups?
Many people in Fiji don't have access to clean drinking water.
My dog is very clean.