Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sponge”

See all translations

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.
(Definition of sponge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sponge?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “sponge”

Definitions of “sponge” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More