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Meaning of “brush” in the English Dictionary

"brush" in British English

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brushnoun

uk   us   /brʌʃ/
  • brush noun (TOOL)

A2 [C] an ​object with ​shortpieces of ​stiffhair, ​plastic, or ​wireattached to a ​base or ​handle, used for ​cleaning, ​arrangingyourhair, 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 (USscrub) brush a ​pastry brushA2 [C] used as a ​combiningform: 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 ​yourhair a brush before you go out.

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  • brush noun (TOUCH)

[C usually singular] a ​quick, ​lighttouch: He ​felt the brush of her ​hand on his.a brush with sth a ​situation in which you ​experience something, or ​almostexperience something, ​especially something ​unpleasant: Jim had a brush with ​death (= was ​nearlykilled) 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, ​lowbushes or the ​roughland they ​grow on: We ​spotted a ​jackrabbithidden in the brush. The ​dryweather has ​increased the ​risk of brush fires. [U] US →  brushwood

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 ​lipsgently brushed her ​cheek and he was gone.C1 [T + adv/prep] to ​move something ​somewhere using a brush or ​yourhand: Jackie brushed the ​hair out of her ​eyes. He brushed away a ​tear. She ​stood up and brushed the ​wrinkles from her ​dress.

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  • 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, ​regularstrokes. [+ obj + adj ] My ​trousers got ​covered in ​mud, but ​luckily I was ​able to brush them ​clean.

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(Definition of brush from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brush" in American English

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brushnoun

 us   /brʌʃ/
  • brush noun (TOOL)

[C] any of ​variousutensils consisting of ​hairs or ​fibersarranged in ​rows or grouped together, ​attached to a ​handle, and used for ​smoothing the ​hair, ​cleaning things, ​painting, etc.: I need a ​better brush for my ​hair. [C] Brush is often used as a ​combiningform: hairbrush toothbrush paintbrush
  • brush noun (BUSHES)

[U] low, ​densebushes that ​grow on ​openland: The ​riverbanks were ​covered with brush.
  • brush noun (TOUCH)

[C usually sing] A brush with something or someone is a ​close and usually ​unpleasantmeeting: The ​subwaysystem has ​survived several brushes with ​bankruptcy.

brushverb

 us   /brʌʃ/
  • brush verb (TOUCH)

[I/T] to ​touch something ​lightly: [T] A ​warmgust of ​wind brushed my ​cheek. [I] The ​cat brushed against my ​leg.
  • brush verb (TOOL)

[T] to ​remove or ​improve the ​appearance of something using ​yourhand or a brush: She brushed a ​strand of ​hair from her ​face. She brushed her ​hair.brush your teeth To brush ​yourteeth is to ​clean them using a ​small brush and ​toothpaste.
(Definition of brush from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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