brush Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "brush" - English Dictionary

See all translations

brushnoun

uk   us   /brʌʃ/

brush noun (TOOL)

A2 [C] an object with short pieces of stiff hair, plastic, or wire attached to a base or handle, used for cleaning, arranging your hair, or painting: I can't find my brush, but I still have my comb. You'll need a stiff brush to scrape off the rust. a clothes brush a scrubbing (US scrub) brush a pastry brushA2 [C] used as a combining form: a hairbrush a toothbrush a paintbrushB2 [S] mainly UK an act of cleaning with a brush: These shoes need a good brush. Don't forget to give your hair a brush before you go out.
More examples

brush noun (TOUCH)

[C usually singular] a quick, light touch: He felt the brush of her hand on his.a brush with sth a situation in which you experience something, or almost experience something, especially something unpleasant: Jim had a brush with death (= was nearly killed) on the motorway. Was that your first brush with the law (= experience of being in trouble with the police)?

brush noun (BUSHES)

[U] US small, low bushes or the rough land they grow on: We spotted a jackrabbit hidden in the brush. The dry weather has increased the risk of brush fires. [U] US →  brushwood

brush noun (TAIL)

[C] the tail of a fox

brushverb

uk   us   /brʌʃ/

brush verb (TOUCH)

B2 [I + adv/prep, T] to touch (something) quickly and lightly or carelessly: Charlotte brushed against him (= touched him quickly and lightly with her arm or body) as she left the room. His lips gently brushed her cheek and he was gone.C1 [T + adv/prep] to move something somewhere using a brush or your hand: Jackie brushed the hair out of her eyes. He brushed away a tear. She stood up and brushed the wrinkles from her dress.
More examples

brush verb (CLEAN)

A2 [T] to clean something or make something smooth with a brush: When did he last brush his teeth, she wondered. She brushed her hair with long, regular strokes. [+ obj + adj ] My trousers got covered in mud, but luckily I was able to brush them clean.
More examples
(Definition of brush from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of brush?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “brush” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
straight

the straight part of a racetrack (= the track on which competitors race)

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More