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Verb: clean  kleen
  1. Make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
    "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth";
    - make clean
  2. Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
    "Clean the turkey";
    - pick
  3. Clean and tidy up the house
    "She cleans house every week";
    - houseclean, clean house [N. Amer]
  4. Clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
    "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner";
    - cleanse
  5. Be cleanable
    "This stove cleans easily"
  6. Deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
    "The other players cleaned him completely"
  7. Remove all contents or possessions from, or empty completely
    "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm";
    - strip
  8. Remove while making clean
    "Clean the spots off the rug"
  9. (chemistry) remove impurities from, esp. by a chemical reaction
    - scavenge
  10. Remove shells or husks from
    "clean grain before milling it"
Adjective: clean (cleaner,cleanest)  kleen
  1. 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"
  2. Free from restrictions or qualifications
    "a clean bill of health";
    - clear
  3. (of sound or colour) free from anything that dulls or dims
    "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings";
    - clear, light, unclouded
  4. Free from impurities
    "clean water";
    - fresh
  5. (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offence
    "a clean voting record"; "a clean driver's licence"
  6. Free from sepsis or infection
    "a clean wound";
    - uninfected
  7. Morally pure
    "led a clean life";
    - clean-living
  8. (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections
    "a clean manuscript";
    - fair
  9. (of a surface) not written or printed on
    "a clean page";
    - blank, white
  10. Exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
    "a clean fight";
    - sporting, sporty, sportsmanlike
  11. Without difficulties or problems
    "a clean test flight"
  12. Thorough and without qualification
    "a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"
  13. [informal] Not carrying concealed weapons
  14. Free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
    "he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean throw";
    - neat
  15. [informal] Free of drugs
    "after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"
  16. (religion) ritually clean or pure
  17. Not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
    "a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean";
    - uncontaminating
  18. (of behaviour or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers
    "a clean joke"; "good clean fun";
    - unobjectionable
Noun: clean  kleen
  1. The act of making something clean
    "he gave his shoes a good clean";
    - cleaning, cleansing, cleanup
  2. A weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
    - clean and jerk
Adverb: clean  kleen
  1. [informal] Completely; used as an intensifier
    "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm clean tuckered out";
    - plumb, plum
  2. In conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating
    "they played clean";
    - fairly, fair

Derived forms: cleaned, cleans, cleaning, cleanest, cleaner

See also: adroit, antiseptic, cleanable, cleanly [archaic], cleanness, complete, decent, dry-cleaned, easy, empty, fair, fresh, halal, immaculate, intemerate [rare], just, kosher, legible, moral, perfect, pristine, pure, scrubbed, speckless, spic, spic-and-span, spick, spick-and-span, spotless, tidy, unaddicted, unarmed, unqualified, unsoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, unused, washed, water-washed

Type of: alter, be, change, clean up, declutter, deprive, divest, groom, improvement, modify, neaten, remove, square away [N. Amer], straighten, straighten out, strip, take, take away, tidy, tidy up, weightlift, weightlifting, withdraw

Antonym: dirty, impure, soil

Encyclopedia: Clean, Shaven