Clean meaning

klēn
Blank.

A clean page.

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Fit for all readers, listeners, or audiences; not ribald or obscene.

A clean joke.

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To clean is to take action to make something not dirty.

An example of clean is to vacuum or dust.

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Devoid of restrictions or encumbrances.

A clean bill of health.

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Having no imperfections or blemishes; regular or even.

A clean edge; a smooth, clean joint.

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Honest or fair.

A clean fighter; a clean competition.

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Having few corrections; legible.

Clean copy for the printer.

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Thorough; complete.

A clean getaway.

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The definition of clean is not dirty, or sober, or off of drugs, or morally pure.

An example of clean is a room that has just been vacuumed and dusted.

An example of clean os someone who is in Alcoholics Anonymous and who has been sober for four months.

An example of clean is a joke that has no sexual connotations or adult material.

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Free from dirt, stain, or impurities; unsoiled.

A clean kitchen floor; clean clothes.

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Free from clumsiness; deft; adroit.

A clean throw.

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Having few alterations or corrections; legible.

Clean manuscript.

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So as to be unsoiled.

Wash the dishes clean.

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In a fair manner.

Played the game clean.

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In a clean or nonpolluting manner.

A fuel that burns clean.

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(informal) Entirely; wholly.

Clean forgot the appointment.

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To rid of dirt, rubbish, or impurities.

Clean a room; clean a suit.

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To get rid of (impurities or dirt, for example); remove.

Cleaned up the trash; cleaned off the stains.

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To prepare (fowl or other food) for cooking, as by removing the entrails or fat.
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To remove the contents from; empty.

Cleaned my plate.

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(sports) To lift (a barbell) from the floor to the shoulders in one motion.
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To undergo or perform an act of cleaning.
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Producing little immediate fallout.
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Producing few or no pollutants; non-polluting.

Clean energy.

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Recently laundered; fresh and unused.
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Fair; sportsmanlike.

A rough but clean contest.

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Keeping oneself or one's surroundings clean; neat and tidy.
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Skillful; deft.

A clean stroke.

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Having no obstructions, flaws, or roughnesses; clear; regular.

A clean drain.

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Entire; complete; thorough.

A clean sweep.

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In a clean manner.
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(informal) Completely; wholly.

Clean forgotten.

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To make clean.
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To remove (dirt, impurities, etc.) in making clean.
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To empty or clear.
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To prepare (fish, fowl, etc.) for cooking.
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(slang) To take away or use up the money or possessions of.
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(weight lifting) To lift (a barbell) from the floor to the shoulders in one continuous movement.
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To be made clean.
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Not dirty.

Are these dishes clean?

Your room is finally clean!

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In an unmarked condition.

Put a clean sheet of paper into the printer.

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Pure, especially morally or religiously.

Our kids can watch this movie because it is clean.

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Not having used drugs or alcohol.

I've been clean this time for eight months.

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Smooth, exact, and performed well.

I’ll need a sharper knife to make clean cuts.

A clean leap over a fence.

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(of criminal, driving, etc records) Without restrictions or penalties, or someone having such a record.

Unlike you, I’ve never caused any accidents — my record is still clean!

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(informal) Cool or neat.

Damn, Shorty, those are some clean shoes ya got there!

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(aerodynamics) Allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces, without protrusions such as racks or landing gear.
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(health) Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

I want to make sure my fiancé is clean before we are married.

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(informal) Not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs.

I’m clean, officer. You can go ahead and search me if you want.

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The cargo hold is clean.

Mister, I want to see a clean dinner plate or there'll be no dessert for you.

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(of metal) Having relatively few impurities.

Clean steel.

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Which doesn’t damage the environment.

Clean energy.

Clean coal.

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Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects.

Clean land; clean timber.

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Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.
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Well-proportioned; shapely.

Clean limbs.

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Removal of dirt.

This place needs a clean.

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(weightlifting) The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.
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To remove dirt from a place or object.

Can you clean the windows today?

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To tidy up, make a place neat.

Clean your room right now!

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(climbing) To remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed.
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(intransitive) To make things clean in general.

She just likes to clean. That’s why I married her.

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(intransitive, curling) To brush the ice lightly in front of a moving rock to remove any debris and ensure a correct line; less vigorous than a sweep.
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He was stabbed clean through.

You must be clean mad.

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To perform the act of cleaning.
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(slang) clean house
  • To eliminate or discard what is undesirable:
    The scandal forced the company to clean house.
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clean out
  • to empty so as to make clean
  • to empty
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clean up
  • to make clean, neat, or orderly
  • to make oneself clean and neat; get washed, combed, etc.
  • to dispose of completely; finish
  • to make much money or profit
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clean up on
  • to defeat; beat
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come clean
  • to confess; tell the truth
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of clean

  • Middle English clene from Old English clǣne

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English clene, clane, from Old English clǣne (“clean, pure, chaste, innocent, unencumbered, unfettered, hallowed, clear, open, honorable, true, acute, sagacious, intellectual”), from Proto-Germanic *klainiz (“shining, fine, splendid, tender”), from Proto-Indo-European *g(e)lēi- (“gleaming”), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“to gleam”). Cognate with Scots clean (“absolute, pure, clear, empty”) and clene, clane (“clean”), North Frisian klien (“small”), Dutch klein (“small”), Low German kleen (“small”), German klein (“small”), Swedish klen (“weak, feeble, delicate”), Icelandic klénn (“poor, feeble, petty, snug, puny, cheesy, lame”). Displaced Old English sȳfre (“clean, sober”), hlūtor (“pure, clear, clean, bright”).

    From Wiktionary