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Synonyms for scrub

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. scrub

    To clean is to make clean by removing dirt, impurities, or soil of any kind. Cleanse implies a worse condition to start from, and more to do, than clean. Hercules cleansed the Augean stables. Cleanse is especially applied to purifying processes where liquid is used, as in the flushing of a street, etc. We brush clothing if dusty, sponge it, or sponge it off, if soiled; or sponge off a spot. Furniture, books, etc., are dusted; floors are mopped or scrubbed; metallic utensils are scoured; a room is swept; soiled garments are washed; foul air or water is purified. Cleanse and purify are used extensively in a moral sense; wash in that sense is archaic. Compare AMEND.

    brush, clean, cleanse, disinfect, dust, lave, mop, purify, rinse, scour, sponge, sweep, wash, wipe

    befoul, besmear, besmirch, bespatter, contaminate, corrupt, debase, defile, deprave, pollute, soil, spoil, stain, sully, taint, vitiate

    Cleanse of or from physical or moral defilement; cleanse with an instrument; by an agent; the room was cleansed by the attendants with soap and water.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scrub, chaparral, bushnoun

    dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes

    bush, scrubbing, crotch hair, shrub, scouring, pubic hair, chaparral


  2. scrub, scrubbing, scouringadjective

    the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water

    scouring, bush, chaparral, scrubbing


  3. scrubverb

    (of domestic animals) not selectively bred


  4. scrub, scourverb

    clean with hard rubbing

    "She scrubbed his back"

    scour, abrade, scrub up, purge, cancel, scratch, flush, call off


  5. scrub, scrub upverb

    wash thoroughly

    "surgeons must scrub prior to an operation"

    scratch, scour, call off, scrub up, cancel


  6. cancel, call off, scratch, scrubverb

    postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

    "Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"; "we had to scrub our vacation plans"; "scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"

    itch, call off, scrape up, expunge, fret, strike down, strike, scour, chafe, come up, invalidate, grave, delete, excise, scratch, cancel, inscribe, call, engrave, scrape, fray, offset, scrub up, set off, scratch up, rub


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. scrubverb

    scour, cleanse, clean, rub hard

  2. scrubverb

    work hard

  3. scrubnoun

    mean fellow

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. scrubnoun

    jungle, thicket, brushwood

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "scrub":

    rub, papaya, brush, rubbing, scrubbing, shrub

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How to use scrub in a sentence?

  1. Scott Shirley:

    I was rather shocked that they did n’t offer to at least come in and scrub it down because Lord knows what, ya know, what that vomit contained.

  2. Dan Weber:

    We have one nurse in Washington who was told by her landlord that she has to scrub the washing machine with Clorox after every load or she will be evicted.

  3. Christina Koch:

    Oh, how I miss the wind on my face, the feeling of raindrops, sand on my feet and the sound of the surf crashing on the Galveston beach, we take daily sensory inputs for granted until they are absent. The environmental inputs on the space station consist mostly of the constant hum of the ventilation system. It stirs the air, allowing the purification system to scrub and clean our atmosphere so it's breathable. While some places on the space station are as loud as a lawn mower, others are as quiet as the vacuum of space. I can not wait to feel and hear Earth again.

  4. Erika Katz:

    The Brown Sugar Body Scrub is definitely one of my favorites to make. It works just as well as any scrub that you buy in the drug store, and it literally costs less than a dollar.

  5. David Gauke:

    Are David Gauke going to side with those who want to scrub the democratic verdict of the people — and plunge this country into chaos ? or are Prime Minister Boris Johnson going to side with those of us who want to get on, deliver on the mandate of the people and focus with absolute, laser-like precision on the domestic agenda ? That's the choice.

Translations for scrub

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  • تنظيفArabic
  • drhnoutCzech
  • scheuern, GestrüppGerman
  • estregar, fregar, tallar, restregarSpanish
  • مالش دادنPersian
  • jyystää, jynssääjä, pusikko, puska, tiheikkö, peruuttaa, perua, jynssätä, kuurata, puurtaa, pensaikko, pöheikkö, jynssäys, asuFinnish
  • annuler, crosserFrench
  • मलनाHindi
  • sikálHungarian
  • annullare, sfregare, strofinare, disdireItalian
  • スクラブJapanese
  • mōheuheu, taekai, tahuere, ururua, ūkui, kōmukumukuMāori
  • schrobbenDutch
  • skrubbeNorwegian
  • odwołaćPolish
  • esfregarPortuguese
  • скрести́, куста́рник, скраб, ничто́жество, замо́рыш, дра́итьRussian
  • స్క్రబ్Telugu
  • schurer, kifroyî, cafroter, rischurerWalloon
  • 擦洗Chinese

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