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clean (adjective)
1.
a) free from dirt or pollution - changed to clean clothes clean solar energy
b) free from contamination or disease - a clean wound
c) free or relatively free from radioactivity - a clean atomic explosion
2.
a) - unadulterated pure the clean thrill of one's first flight
b) of a precious stone having no interior flaws visible
c) free from growth that hinders tillage - clean farmland
3.
a) free from moral corruption or sinister connections of any kind - a candidate with a clean record , also free from violations - a clean driving record
b) free from offensive treatment of sexual subjects and from the use of obscenity - a clean joke
c) observing the rules - fair a clean fight
4.
ceremonially or spiritually pure - and all who are clean may eat flesh Leviticus 7:19(Revised Standard Version)
5.
a) - thorough complete a clean break with the past
b) deftly executed - skillful clean ballet technique
c) hit beyond the reach of an opponent - a clean single to center
6.
a) relatively free from error or blemish - clear , specifically - legible clean copy
b) - unencumbered clean bill of sale
7.
a) characterized by clarity and precision - trim a clean prose style architecture with clean almost austere lines
b) - even smooth a clean edge a sharp blow causing a clean break
c) free from impedances to smooth flow (as of water or air) - a clean airplane a ship with a clean bottom
8.
a) - empty the ship returned with a clean hold
b) free from drug addiction - has been clean for six months
c) slang having no contraband (as weapons or drugs) in one's possession
9.
habitually neat
clean (adverb)
1.
a) so as to clean - a new broom sweeps clean
b) in a clean manner - play the game clean
2.
all the way - completely the bullet went clean through his arm
clean (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to make clean as
(1) to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter
(2) to rid of corruption - vowing to clean up city hall
b) - remove eradicate usually used with up or off clean up that mess
2.
a) - strip empty a tree cleaned of fruit
b) to remove the entrails from - clean fish
intransitive verb
c) to deprive of money or possessions - often used with out they cleaned him out completely to undergo or perform a process of - cleaning clean up before dinner
clean (noun)
an act of dirt especially from the surface of something - cleaning
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
clean (adjective)
1.
free from dirt or stain
SYNONIMS:
antiseptic, chaste, fair, immaculate, pristine, spick-and-span ( spic-and-span), spotless, squeaky-clean, stainless, unsoiled, unstained, unsullied
RELATED WORDS:
pure, taintless, undefiled, unpolluted, untainted, wholesome; cleanly, germfree, hygienic, sanitary, sterile; abluted, bleached, cleansed, purified, scrubbed, washed, whitened; milky, snowy, white; flawless, unblemished; bright, shiny, sparkling
NEAR ANTONYMS:
dingy, greasy, grimy, mucky, muddy, unwashed; defiled, germy, polluted, tainted, unsterile, unsterilized; blackened, discolored
besmirched, dirty, filthy, foul, grubby, smirched, soiled, spotted, stained, sullied, unclean, uncleaned
clean (adjective)
2.
following or according to the rules
SYNONIMS:
clean, legal, sportsmanlike, sportsmanly
RELATED WORDS:
just, law-abiding; ethical, moral, principled, scrupulous; honorable, irreproachable, unimpeachable
NEAR ANTONYMS:
immoral, unethical, unprincipled, unrighteous, unscrupulous, vicious, wrong
dirty, foul, nasty, unfair, unsportsmanlike
clean (adjective)
3.
free from any trace of the coarse or indecent
SYNONIMS:
clean, decent, G-rated, immaculate, modest, pure, vestal, virgin, virginal
RELATED WORDS:
lily-white, spotless, stainless, unblemished, undefiled, unsoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, untainted, untarnished; decorous, proper, seemly; cultivated, refined, tasteful; harmless, innocent, innocuous, inoffensive
NEAR ANTONYMS:
blemished, defiled, soiled, spotted, stained, sullied, tainted, tarnished; improper, indecorous, indelicate, ribald, unseemly; crude, tacky, tasteless, unrefined
coarse, dirty, filthy, immodest, impure, indecent, obscene, smutty, unchaste, unclean, vulgar
clean (adjective)
4.
trying all possibilities
SYNONIMS:
all-out, clean, complete, comprehensive, full-scale, out-and-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, total
RELATED WORDS:
broad, extensive, far-reaching, in-depth, sweeping, wide, wide-ranging; general, global, inclusive, methodical ( methodic), systematic; no-holds-barred, unhampered, unrestrained
NEAR ANTONYMS:
aimless, desultory, haphazard, hit-or-miss, random; cursory, shallow, slipshod, superficial; limited, narrow, restricted
clean (adjective)
5.
having no exceptions or restrictions
SYNONIMS:
all-out, arrant, blank, blooming, bodacious, categorical ( categoric), clean, complete, consummate, cotton-picking, crashing, damn, damned, dead, deadly, definite, downright, dreadful, fair, flat, flat-out, out-and-out, outright, perfect, plumb, profound, pure, rank, regular, sheer, simple, stark, stone, straight-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, unadulterated, unalloyed, unconditional, unmitigated, unqualified, utter, very
RELATED WORDS:
authentic, classic, genuine, real, veritable; constant, endless, eternal, perpetual, undying, unremitting; extreme, unrestricted; confirmed, habitual, hopeless, inveterate; extraordinary, frightful, horrible, huge, main, superlative, supreme, surpassing, terrible, terrific
NEAR ANTONYMS:
doubtful, dubious, equivocal, qualified, questionable, restricted, uncertain
clean (adjective)
6.
lacking contents that could or should be present
SYNONIMS:
bare, blank, clean, devoid, stark, toom, vacant, vacuous, void
RELATED WORDS:
barren, hollow; available, clear, free, open; unfilled, unfurnished; unattended, uninhabited, unoccupied; abandoned, deserted, emptied, forsaken, vacated; depleted, drained, dry, exhausted
NEAR ANTONYMS:
complete; replete; furnished, provided, supplied; filled, occupied; flush, overflowing, packed, teeming
full
clean (adverb)
1.
according to the rules or the law
SYNONIMS:
clean, cleanly, fair, legally
RELATED WORDS:
ethically, high-mindedly, morally, nobly; honorably
NEAR ANTONYMS:
ignobly, immorally, underhandedly, unethically; dishonorably
dirty, illegally
clean (adverb)
2.
to a full extent or degree
SYNONIMS:
all, all of, all over, altogether, clean, completely, dead, enough, entire, entirely, even, exactly, fast, flat, full, heartily, out, perfectly, plumb, quite, soundly, thoroughly, through and through, totally, utterly, well, wholly, wide
RELATED WORDS:
absolutely, categorically, cold, downright, hands down, plain, stone, stone-cold, unqualifiedly; basically, by and large, chiefly, generally, largely, mainly, more or less, mostly, overall, predominantly, predominately, primarily, principally, substantially; abundantly, copiously, generously, greatly
NEAR ANTONYMS:
barely, hardly, just, kind of, marginally, minimally, scarcely, slightly, superficially; approximately, roughly, somewhat
half, halfway, incompletely, part, partially, partly
clean (verb)
1.
to remove the dirt from
SYNONIMS:
cleanse, deterge, GI, turn out
RELATED WORDS:
decontaminate, purge, purify; disinfect, sanitize; brush, comb, dry-clean, dust, launder, mop, muck (out), rinse, scour, scrub, shampoo, sponge, swab, sweep, vacuum, wash, wipe; brighten, deodorize, freshen, spruce (up), sweeten; pick up, straighten (up), tidy, unclutter
NEAR ANTONYMS:
begrime, muddy; defile, pollute, taint; blacken, discolor
besmirch, dirty, foul, soil, spot, stain, sully
clean (verb)
2.
to take the internal organs out of
SYNONIMS:
clean, disembowel, draw, eviscerate
RELATED WORDS:
bone, dress; cut, excise, extract, remove, withdraw, yank; transplant
clean (verb)
1.
to make a place neat and orderly by removing extraneous stuff
SYNONIMS:
pick up, tidy (up)
RELATED WORDS:
houseclean, housekeep; clean (off), clean (up), neaten, police (up), straighten (up), turn out, unclutter; arrange, order
clean house, set straight
NEAR ANTONYMS:
clutter, disarrange, mess (up)
clean (verb)
2.
to remove objectionable parts from
SYNONIMS:
bowdlerize, clean (up), expurgate, launder, red-pencil
RELATED WORDS:
cleanse, purge, purify; abbreviate, blue-pencil, edit, shorten; bleep, blip, cut (out), delete, excise, expunge, gut, x (out); black out, repress, silence, suppress; censure, condemn, denounce; examine, review, screen, scrutinize
NEAR ANTONYMS:
approve, authorize, sanction
clean (verb)
3.
to destroy all traces of
SYNONIMS:
abolish, black out, blot out, cancel, clean (up), efface, eradicate, erase, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, liquidate, obliterate, root (out), rub out, snuff (out), stamp (out), sweep (away), wipe out
RELATED WORDS:
decimate, demolish, destroy, devastate, ravage; dismantle, flatten, mow (down), raze, tear down; ruin, total, waste, wreck; blast, blow up, dash, dynamite, smash; atomize, consume, devour, dissolve, fragment, powder, pulverize, shatter, splinter; doom, finish, kill, kill off, terminate, zap; cancel, cut, discard, ditch, eject, excise, expel, jettison, oust, throw out
NEAR ANTONYMS:
conserve, preserve, protect, save; build, construct, create, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, frame, make, manufacture, shape; fix, mend, patch, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, renew, renovate, repair, restore, revamp
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