WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
clean /klin/USA pronunciation
adj. and adv., -er, -est,v.
in a clean manner;
- free from dirt;
unstained:a clean dress.
- free from foreign or extra matter; pure:clean sound.
- free from pollution:clean air; clean energy.
- free from roughness or irregularity: a clean cut with a scalpel.
- gracefully beautiful;
trim: the clean lines of a ship.
- morally pure;
honorable: to lead a clean life.
- not cheating;
showing good sportsmanship:a clean fighter.
- inoffensive in language or content:clean books.
- innocent of crime:He had a clean record.
- free from defects or flaws: a clean diamond.
- made without any difficulty; quickly and smoothly done: a clean getaway.
- smoothly and skillfully performed;
adroit: a clean swing of the bat.
- [before a noun] complete;
total: a clean break with tradition.
bare:a clean sheet of paper.
cleanly:ran up the stairs and got clean away.
so as to be clean: This shirt will never wash clean.
Informal TermsInformal. completely; quite: The bullet passed clean through the wall.
to perform or undergo a process of cleaning: [no object]This new countertop cleans easily.[~ + object]I cleaned the room.
[~ + object] to dry-clean:Clean and press the pants.
[~ + object] to remove the insides and other parts from (poultry, etc.) that cannot be eaten; dress:She cleaned the turkey.
- to empty in order to straighten or clean: [~ + out + object]I had to clean out my desk to find what I was looking for.[~ + object + out]I cleaned it out before dinner.
- to take all the money from (someone); steal or take everything from (a store, etc.): [~ + object + out]They managed to clean him out at poker.[~ + out + object]They cleaned out the gangster and his men with a perfect scam.
- to wash or tidy up: [no object]Let me clean up and I'll be right in.[~ + up + object]Please clean up your room.[~ + object + up]Would you clean the room up?
- to get rid of undesirable persons, features, mistakes, etc., in : [~ + up + object]to clean up the errors in an essay.[~ + object + up]Can you clean them up now?
- to put an end to; finish: [~ + up + object]to clean up yesterday's chores.[~ + object + up]to clean them up.
- [no object] to make a large profit or a lot of money:Buy now while the prices are low and later you'll really clean up.
clean is a verb and an adjective, cleanliness is a noun:We cleaned the house. Take a clean plate. Cleanliness is essential in a hospital.
- Idioms, Slang Termscome clean, [no object] Slang. to tell the truth, esp. to admit one's guilt:finally came clean and admitted she had been the one.
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clean /kliːn/ adj
- without dirt or other impurities; unsoiled
- without anything in it or on it: a clean page
- recently washed; fresh
- without extraneous or foreign materials
- without defect, difficulties, or problems
- (of a nuclear weapon) producing little or no radioactive fallout or contamination
- (of a wound, etc) having no pus or other sign of infection
- pure; morally sound
- without objectionable language or obscenity
- thorough or complete: a clean break
- dexterous or adroit: a clean throw
- played fairly and without fouls
- simple in design: a ship's clean lines
- causing little turbulence; streamlined
- honourable or respectable
- habitually neat
- (esp of a driving licence) showing or having no record of offences
- slang innocent; not guilty
- not carrying illegal drugs, weapons, etc
- to make or become free of dirt, filth, etc: the stove cleans easily
- (transitive) to remove in making clean: to clean marks off the wall
- (transitive) to prepare (fish, poultry, etc) for cooking: to clean a chicken
- in a clean way; cleanly
- not standard (intensifier): clean forgotten, clean dead
- clean bowled ⇒ bowled by a ball that breaks the wicket without hitting the batsman or his bat
- come clean ⇒ informal to make a revelation or confession
See also clean out
- the act or an instance of cleaning: he gave his shoes a clean
, clean upEtymology: Old English clǣne; related to Old Frisian klēne small, neat, Old High German kleiniˈcleanable adj ˈcleanness n
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