clean Definition

  • 1free from dirt, marks, or stains
  • 2morally uncontaminated; pure; innocent
  • 3thorough; complete; leaving nothing out

Using clean: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "clean" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She always keeps her house clean and tidy.

  • Example

    The doctor said the wound was clean and healing well.

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    He has a clean record with no criminal convictions.

  • Example

    The company made a clean break from its previous management.

clean Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using clean

  • completely clean or pure, often used to describe something that has been thoroughly cleaned or a person who has done nothing wrong


    After the maid finished cleaning, the house was as clean as a whistle.

  • innocent or free from guilt, often used in legal contexts


    The lawyer argued that his client had clean hands and was not responsible for the crime.

  • to confess or admit to something, especially a wrongdoing


    After years of hiding the truth, he finally decided to make a clean breast of it and tell his family what had happened.

Phrases with clean

  • a report or assurance that someone or something is healthy or in good condition


    After the medical check-up, the doctor gave him a clean bill of health.

  • a new start or fresh beginning, without any negative consequences or past mistakes


    After serving his sentence, he was given a clean slate and allowed to start over.

  • a complete victory or success in which all opponents are defeated or eliminated


    The team made a clean sweep of the competition, winning every game.

Origins of clean

from Old English 'clǣne', meaning 'free from dirt, filth, or impurities'


Summary: clean in Brief

The adjective 'clean' [kliːn] describes something that is free from dirt, marks, or stains. It can also refer to moral purity or completeness. Examples include 'She always keeps her house clean and tidy,' and 'The company made a clean break from its previous management.' Phrases like 'clean bill of health' and idioms like 'clean hands' extend the concept of cleanliness to health and morality.

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