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clean

Synonyms of clean in English:

adjective

  • 1 keep the wound clean
    washed, scrubbed, cleansed, cleaned;
    spotless, unsoiled, unstained, unsullied, unblemished, immaculate, pristine, dirt-free;
    hygienic, sanitary, disinfected, sterilized, sterile, aseptic, decontaminated;
    laundered
    informal squeaky clean, as clean as a whistle
    [Antonyms] dirty
  • 2 a clean sheet of paper
    blank, empty, clear, plain;
    unused, new, pristine, fresh, unmarked
    [Antonyms] used
  • 3 clean air
    pure, clear, fresh, crisp, refreshing;
    [Antonyms] polluted
  • 4 a clean life
    [Antonyms] guilty
  • 5 the firm is clean
    innocent, guiltless, blameless, guilt-free, crime-free, above suspicion
    informal squeaky clean
    [Antonyms] dirty, polluted
  • 6 a good clean fight
    fair, honest, sporting, sportsmanlike, honorable, according to the rules
    informal on the level
    [Antonyms] dirty, unfair
  • 7 informal they are trying to stay clean
    drug-free, off drugs
    informal on the wagon
  • 8 a clean cut
    neat, smooth, crisp, straight, precise
    [Antonyms] ragged
  • 9 a clean break
    complete, thorough, total, absolute, conclusive, decisive, final, irrevocable
    [Antonyms] partial
  • 10 clean lines
    simple, elegant, graceful, streamlined, smooth
    [Antonyms] complex, elaborate
  • adverb

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  • 1 informal I clean forgot
  • verb

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  • 1 Dad cleaned the windows
    wash, cleanse, wipe, sponge, scrub, mop, rinse, scour, swab, hose down, sluice (down), disinfect;
    literary lave
    [Antonyms] dirty, soil
  • 2 I got my clothes cleaned
  • 3 she cleaned the fish
    gut, draw, dress
    formal eviscerate
  • Phrases

    clean out
    1
    informal those grifters cleaned him out
    bankrupt, ruin, make insolvent, make penniless, wipe out
    come clean
    2
    informal if you don't come clean, they're going to pin all of this on Kerry
    tell the truth, tell all, make a clean breast of it;
    confess, own up, admit guilt, admit to one's crimes/sins
    informal fess up
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