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sponge

noun [C/U]  /spʌndʒ/ us  

sponge noun [C/U] (SUBSTANCE)

a substance that is full of holes, soft when wet, and able to absorb a lot of liquid, used for washing and cleaning: [C] He wiped off the table with a soapy sponge.

sponge

verb  /spʌndʒ/ us  

sponge verb (GET MONEY)

[I/T] to get money, food, or other needs from other people rather than by taking care of yourself, or to live by getting help from other people: [I] He’s been sponging off her for years.

sponge verb (WASH)

[T] to wash or clean, esp. by using a wet sponge or cloth: Sponge the stain promptly with cold water. [M] She’s always sponging off the kitchen counter.
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