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scrub1

scrub1

 
 
pronunciation:
skruhb
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scrubbed, scrubbing, scrubs
definition 1: to clean by rubbing hard, often with a stiff brush or other abrasive cleaning tool.
He scrubbed the pots until they were shiny.She got down on her knees to scrub the floor.
 
synonyms:
scour
similar words:
brush, buff, clean, cleanse, polish, rub, scrape, sponge, swab, wash
definition 2: to clean off (dirt and the like) by rubbing hard while washing.
The gardener scrubbed the dirt from her hands.
synonyms:
scour
similar words:
brush, clean, cleanse, rub, scrape, sponge, wash
definition 3: to remove contaminants from (a gas or vapor).
Emissions from the factory's chimney are now scrubbed.
synonyms:
decontaminate
similar words:
clean, disinfect, purify
definition 4: (informal) to cancel or postpone (a military mission or flight).
The launch had to be scrubbed because of inclement weather.
synonyms:
abort
similar words:
cancel, discontinue, postpone, stop, terminate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to clean something by rubbing hard.
If you want to get that clean, you'll have to scrub harder.
synonyms:
scour
similar words:
brush, clean, sponge, wash
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part of speech: noun
definition: an act or instance of scrubbing.
I gave the bathtub a good scrub.
synonyms:
scour
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