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Synonyms for sponge

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  1. spongenoun


  2. spongeverb

    To take advantage of the kindness of others.

    He has been sponging off his friends for a month now.

    sea sponge, poriferan, bath sponge, blag

  3. spongenoun

    A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic).

    blag, bath sponge

  4. spongenoun

    A type of light cake; sponge cake.

    sponge cake

  5. spongenoun

    A type of steamed pudding.

    sponge pudding

  6. spongenoun

    A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge).

    freeloader, sponger

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sponge

    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, scrub, 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. spongenoun

    a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used

    leech, parazoan, sponger, poriferan, quick study, parasite

  2. quick study, spongenoun

    someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily

    "she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"

    leech, parazoan, sponger, poriferan, quick study, parasite

  3. leech, parasite, sponge, spongernoun

    a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

    sponger, parasite, parazoan, hirudinean, leech, bloodsucker, quick study, poriferan

  4. sponge, poriferan, parazoanverb

    primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies

    leech, parazoan, sponger, poriferan, quick study, parasite

  5. spongeverb

    wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten

    bum, grub, cadge, mooch

  6. mooch, bum, cadge, grub, spongeverb

    ask for and get free; be a parasite

    loaf, shnorr, arse around, cadge, frig around, schnorr, lounge around, arse about, waste one's time, loll around, bum around, scrounge, bum, lounge about, grub, loll, mooch, bum about

  7. spongeverb

    erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard

    bum, grub, cadge, mooch

  8. spongeverb

    soak up with a sponge

    bum, grub, cadge, mooch

  9. spongeverb

    gather sponges, in the ocean

    bum, grub, cadge, mooch

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. spongeverb

    wipe (with a sponge), cleanse

  2. spongeverb

    dampen, wet

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. spongeverb

    imbibe, absorb, expunge, efface, erase, obliterate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "sponge":

    sponges, towel, loofah, chameleon

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How to use sponge in a sentence?

  1. Laurent Simons:

    They told us Laurent Simons is like a sponge.

  2. Chris Cabrera:

    It’s part of this culture, I think, where everyone’s just looking to get ahead so fast and so furiously that they forget to enjoy the ride, look for inflection points that they can improve their career, be a sponge, find mentors, things like that, we coach them to be patient, and we coach them that they’re winning, and we coach them to be a sponge and look for these inflections points.

  3. Joseph Rickaby:

    A great preservative against angry and mutinous thoughts, and all impatience and quarreling, is to have some great business and interest in your mind, which, like a sponge shall suck up your attention and keep you from brooding over what displeases you.

  4. Rajveer Purohit:

    It's a unique tissue that's only present in the penis, when you get an erection, blood flows into the corpus cavernosa, and it fills up like a sponge.

  5. Paul Dawson:

    Raw meat carries bacteria and then if you throw it on the cutting board and use a towel or sponge to dry that off, it could pick that up, cutting boards and table tops used for food prep are of concern and need to be cleaned regularly and dried.

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