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Meaning & Definition of Sponge in English

English

Sponge

/spənʤ/

noun

1. A porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used

    synonym:
  • sponge

2. Someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily

  • "She soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"
    synonym:
  • quick study
  • ,
  • sponge

3. A follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

    synonym:
  • leech
  • ,
  • parasite
  • ,
  • sponge
  • ,
  • sponger

4. Primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework

  • Usually occurs in sessile colonies
    synonym:
  • sponge
  • ,
  • poriferan
  • ,
  • parazoan

verb

1. Wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten

    synonym:
  • sponge

2. Ask for and get free

  • Be a parasite
    synonym:
  • mooch
  • ,
  • bum
  • ,
  • cadge
  • ,
  • grub
  • ,
  • sponge

3. Erase with a sponge

  • As of words on a blackboard
    synonym:
  • sponge

4. Soak up with a sponge

    synonym:
  • sponge

5. Gather sponges, in the ocean

    synonym:
  • sponge

Examples of using

A sponge absorbs liquids.
A sponge absorbs water.