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English definition of “sponge”

sponge

verb [T] (CLEAN)    /spʌndʒ/ (also sponge down)
to rub something or someone with a wet sponge or cloth, especially to clean them: 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.Cleaning generallyPersonal hygiene and appearance - general words
(Definition of sponge verb (CLEAN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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