Clean - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kliːn|  American pronunciation of the word clean
Brit.  |kliːn|  British pronunciation of the word clean


- a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead


- make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
- remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits (syn: pick)
- clean and tidy up the house(syn: houseclean)
- clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing(syn: cleanse)
- be cleanable
- deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
- remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely(syn: strip)

▼ (3)


- free of restrictions or qualifications(syn: clear)
- (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims(syn: clear, light, unclouded)
- free from impurities(syn: fresh)
- (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense
- free from sepsis or infection(syn: uninfected)
- morally pure(syn: clean-living)
- (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections(syn: fair)

▼ (7)


- completely; used as intensifiers(syn: plum, plumb)
- in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating (syn: fair, fairly)


This table isn't clean. There's a sticky spot where something spilled.

He keeps a very clean house.

The janitor does a good job of keeping the office clean.

I wiped the baby's face clean.

He's a clean young man.

Cats are very clean animals.

Solar power provides clean energy.

Somehow, the top of the machine came clean off.

The nail went clean through the wall.

The fish were jumping clean out of the water.

The carpet needs to be cleaned.

They divide household duties so that she cleans and her husband cooks.

They cleaned the fish and cooked them on the campfire.

He took a clean sheet of paper.

A piece of clean land to husband on.

Phrasal verbs

clean out  — empty completely
clean up  — put (things or places) in order

Word forms

I/you/we/they: clean
he/she/it: cleans
present participle: cleaning
past tense: cleaned
past participle: cleaned
comparative: cleaner
superlative: cleanest
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