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  Definition of clean
  1. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
  2. clean one''s body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"
  3. remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits; "Clean the turkey"
  4. remove shells or husks from; "clean grain before milling it"
  5. remove unwanted substances from
  6. remove while making clean; "Clean the spots off the rug"
  7. make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
  8. clean and tidy up the house; "She housecleans every week"
  9. remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely; "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm"
  10. deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.; "The other players cleaned him completely"
  11. be cleanable; "This stove cleans easily"
  12. free of drugs; "after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"
  13. 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"
  14. not carrying concealed weapons
  15. (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense; "a clean voting recor"; "a clean driver''s license"
  16. 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"
  17. (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers; "good clean fun"; "a clean joke"
  18. not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; "a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean"
  19. ritually clean or pure
  20. thorough and without qualification; "a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"
  21. marked by or calling for sportsmanship or fair play; "a clean fight"; "a sporting solution of the disagreement"; "sportsmanlike conduct"
  22. of a surface; not written or printed on; "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins"
  23. (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript"
  24. morally pure; "led a clean life"
  25. without difficulties or problems; "a clean test flight"
  26. free from impurities; "clean water"; "fresh air"
  27. (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"
  28. free of restrictions or qualifications; "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner"
  29. free from sepsis or infection; "a clean (or uninfected) wound"
  30. completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the appointment"; "I''m plumb (or plum) tuckered out"
  31. in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; "they played fairly"
Similar Words: clean and jerk, cleanse, pick, scavenge, make clean, houseclean, clean house, strip, neat, unobjectionable, uncontaminating, sporting, sportsmanlike, blank, white, fair, clean-living, fresh, clear, light, unclouded, uninfected, plumb, plum, fairly


See Also: antiseptic, tidy, decent, pure


Hyponyms: bathe, wash, lave, soap, lather, bath, douche, floss, decontaminate, disinfect, brush, dust, vacuum, vacuum-clean, hoover, sanitize, sanitise, hygienize, hygienise, bream, steam, steam clean, preen, plume, sweep, wash up, do the dishes, pipe-clay, scavenge, dry clean, launder, spring-clean


Pertainyms: fair, just


Grouped Verbs: houseclean, clean house, make clean


Attributes: cleanness


Derivational Morphology: cleaning, cleansing, cleanup, cleansing agent, cleanser, cleaner, scavenger, dry cleaner, housecleaning


Anagrams: lance


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