- Verb: clean kleen
Adjective: clean (cleaner,cleanest) kleen
- Make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
"Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
- make clean
- Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
"Clean the turkey"
- Clean and tidy up the house
- houseclean, clean house
- Clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
"clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"
- Be cleanable
"This stove cleans easily"
- Deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
"The other players cleaned him completely"
- Remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely
"The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm"
- Remove while making clean
"Clean the spots off the rug"
- Remove unwanted substances from
- Remove shells or husks from
"clean grain before milling it"
Noun: clean kleen
- 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"
- Free of restrictions or qualifications
"a clean bill of health"
- (of sound or colour) free from anything that dulls or dims
"efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"
- clear, light, unclouded
- Free from impurities
- (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offence
"a clean voting record"; "a clean driver's licence"
- Ritually clean or pure
- Not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
"a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean"
- (of behaviour or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers
"good clean fun"; "a clean joke"
- Free from sepsis or infection
"a clean wound"
- Morally pure
"led a clean life"
- (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections
"a clean manuscript"
- (of a surface) not written or printed on
"a clean page"
- blank, white
- Exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
"a clean fight"
- sporting, sporty, sportsmanlike
- Without difficulties or problems
"a clean test flight"
- Thorough and without qualification
"a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"
- Not carrying concealed weapons
- Free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
"he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean throw"
- Free of drugs
"after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"
Adverb: clean kleen
- A weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
- clean and jerk
- Completely; used as intensifiers
"clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm clean tuckered out"
- plumb, plum
- In conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating
- fairly, fair
Derived forms: cleanest, cleans, cleaner, cleaning, cleaned
See also: adroit, antiseptic, cleanable, cleaner, cleaning, cleanly, cleanness, complete, cosher, decent, dry-cleaned, easy, empty, fair, fresh, halal, immaculate, 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, deprive, divest, groom, modify, neaten, remove, square away, straighten, straighten out, strip, take, take away, tidy, tidy up, weightlift, weightlifting, withdraw
Antonym: dirty, unclean
Encyclopedia: Clean Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Clean, Shaven
mod. not carrying a weapon. (Police and underworld.)
• I frisked him. He's clean.
• Bugsy's gang was clean except for Bugsy himself who had a small pistol.
Adj. Having no drugs, weapons or illicit goods on one's person. E.g."You can't arrest me officer, I'm clean!”
adjective, verb, adverb
■ adjective (cleaner, cleanest)
free from harmful or unpleasant substances:
the search for cleaner technologies
Electric buses are a clean, environmentally friendly way to travel.
not showing or having any record of doing sth dishonest or against the law:
He is hoping to maintain the company's clean record on safety.
◆ (AmE) a clean driver's license
3 (Finance )
financially strong; having little or no debt:
The firm has a strong cash flow and a clean balance sheet.
They are the country's biggest and cleanest bank.
a clean bill of health
a report that says sth is reliable, safe or in good condition:
The auditors gave the company a clean bill of health.
The city's drinking water has received a clean bill of health.
Although the airline was given a clean bill of health by regulators, there is concern about its safety record.
if sb has clean hands they are not guilty of any illegal or dishonest acts:
The bank is in crisis and needs a leader with clean hands.
BILL OF LADING
to make a company, an organization, etc. more honest and efficient, for example by removing people or things that are not necessary or not wanted:
The new manager has begun to clean house.
clean up your act (informal)
to start behaving in a moral or responsible way:
The call centre industry is trying to clean up its act and improve working conditions for staff.
She believes that the financial services industry needs to clean up its act.
clean sb out (informal)
to use all of sb/sth's money:
Paying the fine cleaned me out.
The scam has cleaned out consumers of nearly $15 million.
clean sth out
to make the inside of sth very clean or empty, for example by removing things you do not want or need:
Staff were given no time to clean out their desks.
◆ (figurative) She's cleaned out her bank account (= taken all the money out of it).
We should have cleaned out existing staff and started again.
clean sth up
to remove crime and immoral behaviour from a place or an activity:
The industry needs to clean up its image.
2 (Finance )
to make sth financially stronger; to reduce the amount of debt:
He cleaned up the group by getting rid of loss-making activities.
The company has cleaned up its balance sheet.
to remove harmful substances from a river, piece of land, building, etc:
cleaning up chemical spills
come clean (with sb) (about sth)
to admit and explain sth that you have kept as a secret:
It's time for the chairman to come clean about the group's illegal dealings.
In the context of general equities, block trade that matches buy or sell orders/interests, sparing the block trader any inventory risk (no net position and hence none available for additional customers). Natural. Antithesis of open.
1 : to brush (the teeth) with a cleanser (as a dentifrice)
2 : to perform dental prophylaxis on (the teeth)
a : free from dirt or pollution
b : free from disease or infectious agents a pullorum-clean flock keep installations clean of TB infection
2 : free from smudges or anything that tends to obscure a clean set of fingerprints
3 of a horse's leg : free from curbs or bunches below the hock
4 : free from drug addiction
1. Used of hardware or software designs, implies "elegance in the small", that is, a design or implementation that may not hold any surprises but does things in a way that is reasonably intuitive and relatively easy to comprehend from the outside. The antonym is "grungy" or crufty.
2. To remove unneeded or undesired files in a effort to reduce clutter: "I'm cleaning up my account." "I cleaned up the garbage and now have 100 Meg free on that partition."