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 uk   /spʌndʒ/ us  

sponge noun (SUBSTANCE)

[C] a soft substance that is full of small holes and can absorb a lot of liquid, and is used for washing and cleaning [S] the action of rubbing something or someone with a wet sponge or cloth in order to clean it, him, or her: Give it a sponge with a damp cloth - that will remove the blood stains.

sponge noun (CAKE)

[C or U] ( also sponge cake) a soft cake made with eggs, sugar, and flour but usually no fat

sponge

verb uk   /spʌndʒ/ us  

sponge verb (GET MONEY)

[I or T] disapproving to get money, food, etc. from other people, especially in order to live without working: sponging off the state

sponge verb (CLEAN)

[T] ( also sponge down) to rub something or someone with a wet sponge or cloth, especially to clean it, him, or her: Most food stains will come off if you sponge the material with a little detergent. The doctor told me to sponge Erik down with cold water in order to lower his temperature.
(Definition of sponge from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sponge?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sponge” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

justice

fairness in the way people are dealt with

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More