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Synonyms of clean in English:


  • 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;
    informalsqueaky 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
    informalsqueaky clean
    [Antonyms] dirty, polluted
  • 6 a good clean fight
    fair, honest, sporting, sportsmanlike, honorable, according to the rules
    informalon the level
    [Antonyms] dirty, unfair
  • 7 informal they are trying to stay clean
    drug-free, off drugs
    informalon 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;
    [Antonyms] dirty, soil
  • 2 I got my clothes cleaned
  • 3 she cleaned the fish
    gut, draw, dress
  • Phrases

    clean out

    informal those grifters cleaned him out
    bankrupt, ruin, make insolvent, make penniless, wipe out

    come clean

    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
    informalfess up

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