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brush

noun  /brʌʃ/ us  

brush noun (TOOL)

[C] any of various utensils consisting of hairs or fibers arranged in rows or grouped together, attached to a handle, and used for smoothing the hair, cleaning things, painting, etc.: I need a better brush for my hair. [C] Brush is often used as a combining form: hairbrush toothbrush paintbrush

brush noun (BUSHES)

[U] low, dense bushes that grow on open land: The river banks were covered with brush.

brush noun (TOUCH)

[C usually sing] A brush with something or someone is a close and usually unpleasant meeting: The subway system has survived several brushes with bankruptcy.

brush

verb  /brʌʃ/ us  

brush verb (TOUCH)

[I/T] to touch something lightly: [T] A warm gust of wind brushed my cheek. [I] The cat brushed against my leg.

brush verb (TOOL)

[T] to remove or improve the appearance of something using your hand or a brush: She brushed a strand of hair from her face. She brushed her hair. brush your teeth To brush your teeth is to clean them using a small brush and toothpaste.
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