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Synonyms for scrub

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scrub, chaparral, bush(noun)

    dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes

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


  2. scrub, scrubbing, scouring(adj)

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

    scouring, bush, chaparral, scrubbing


  3. scrub(verb)

    (of domestic animals) not selectively bred


  4. scrub, scour(verb)

    clean with hard rubbing

    "She scrubbed his back"

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


  5. scrub, scrub up(verb)

    wash thoroughly

    "surgeons must scrub prior to an operation"

    scratch, scour, call off, scrub up, cancel


  6. cancel, call off, scratch, scrub(verb)

    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


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.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. scrub(v. a.)

    scour, cleanse, clean, rub hard

  2. scrub(v. n.)

    work hard

  3. scrub(n.)

    mean fellow

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. scrub(n)

    jungle, thicket, brushwood

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    rub, papaya, brush, rubbing, scrubbing, shrub

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How to use scrub in a sentence?

  1. White House spokesman Eric Schultz:

    That is why he has asked his team to scrub existing legal authorities to see if there's any additional action we can take administratively, the president has made clear he's not satisfied with where we are and expects that work to be completed soon.

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Bill Clinton:

    We should scrub all of our federal regulations to find responsible ways to make life easier to small businesses, i want to be a small business president.

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  • تنظيفArabic
  • scheuern, GestrüppGerman
  • tallar, estregar, restregar, fregarSpanish
  • مالش دادنPersian
  • puska, asu, pöheikkö, kuurata, perua, peruuttaa, pusikko, jynssääjä, tiheikkö, jynssätä, jyystää, puurtaa, pensaikko, jynssäysFinnish
  • crosser, annulerFrench
  • मलनाHindi
  • sikálHungarian
  • annullare, sfregare, strofinare, disdireItalian
  • スクラブJapanese
  • taekai, mōheuheu, ūkui, kōmukumuku, ururua, tahuereMāori
  • schrobbenDutch
  • skrubbeNorwegian
  • odwołaćPolish
  • esfregarPortuguese
  • ничто́жество, замо́рыш, дра́ить, скраб, куста́рник, скрести́Russian
  • స్క్రబ్Telugu
  • kifroyî, cafroter, schurer, rischurerWalloon
  • 擦洗Chinese

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