Definition of cleanup in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklēnˌəp/


1An act of making a place clean or tidy: an environmental cleanup
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  • In August, the Wilderness Hiking Association launched a clean-up campaign to clean the Fish River Canyon.
  • Their efforts will go beyond delivering pep-talks and will extend to involving people in developing waste-reduction and recycling activities and encouraging community clean-ups and environmental improvements.
  • You are encouraged to help identify flotsam sources, get involved in local beach clean-ups and campaign for responsible disposal of waste by marine industries.
1.1An act of removing or putting an end to disorder, immorality, or crime.
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  • The clean-up rate for crimes stood at a mere 20.8%.
  • Political considerations, apparently, have delayed a clean-up of the most serious twin crimes of any bureaucracy - inefficiency and corruption.
  • The clean-up operation involved searching the buildings and targeting criminals operating from the buildings.
2 [usually as modifier] Baseball The fourth position in a team’s batting order, typically reserved for a power hitter likely to clear the bases by enabling any runners to score: L.A.’s cleanup hitter smacked a fastball over the left-field fence [as adverb]: he garnered a certain amount of attention while playing right field and batting cleanup
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  • During that time, the Yankees showed how much they miss their cleanup hitter.
  • He is an excellent cleanup hitter who makes contact and delivers in the clutch.
  • He's a dependable No 5 hitter who might develop into a cleanup hitter.

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Syllabification: clean·up

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