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"clean" in British English

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cleanadjective

uk   /kliːn/ us   /kliːn/
  • clean adjective (NOT DIRTY)

A1 not dirty: a clean white shirt clean air/water Make sure your hands are clean before you have your dinner. Hospitals need to be kept spotlessly (= extremely) clean.

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  • clean adjective (HONEST)

C2 honest or fair, or showing that you have not done anything illegal: a good clean fight/contest The judge took the defendant's clean record (= the absence of previous involvement in crime) into account when passing sentence. I've always had a clean driving licence. It was a clean tackle.
slang not doing anything illegal, or not having or carrying illegal drugs or stolen goods: The police busted Pete last night, but he was clean.
  • clean adjective (NOT ROUGH)

having no rough edges, and smooth, straight, or equally balanced: I've broken my leg, but the doctor says that it's a clean break, so it should heal easily. A good clean hit from Pietersen sent the ball straight out to the boundary. What he liked about the car was its clean lines. I tried to make a clean cut, but the knife wasn't sharp enough.

cleanverb

uk   /kliːn/ us   /kliːn/
A1 [T] to remove dirt from something: I'm going to clean the windows this morning. You should always clean your teeth after meals. Would you clean the fingermarks from/off the door? He asked her to help him clean out the stables.
[I usually + adv/prep] to become clean: This carpet doesn't clean very well. I hope these bloodstains will clean off my shirt.
[T] to prepare a fish or an animal killed for food by removing the inside parts of it that are not eaten

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cleannoun [S]

uk   /kliːn/ us   /kliːn/

cleanadverb

uk   /kliːn/ us   /kliːn/
(Definition of clean from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clean" in American English

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cleanadjective [-er/-est only]

us   /klin/
free of dirt or other unwanted parts or pieces: Make sure you wear a clean shirt. Hospital rooms have to be kept clean.
Clean also means free from harmful substances, or pure: clean air/water
honest or fair; not breaking rules or laws: "Let’s make it a clean fight," said the referee. Before his conviction for fraud, he had a clean record (= he had not been involved in crime previously). slang They searched him, but he was clean (= he was not carrying anything illegal or not allowed).
Clean also means morally acceptable and not giving offense: clean living a clean joke
complete: It’s better for both of us if we make a clean break and stop seeing each other.
new and not used: a clean sheet of paper
clean
adverb [not gradable] us   /klin/
infml The bullet went clean through his shoulder and out the other side.

cleanverb [I/T]

us   /klin/
  • clean verb [I/T] (MAKE NOT DIRTY)

to remove dirt or unwanted parts or pieces from something: [T] Saturday morning is our time to clean the house. [T] You should clean a wound immediately to avoid infection.
(Definition of clean from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"clean" in Business English

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cleanadjective

uk   /kliːn/ us  
honest and fair, or showing that you have done nothing illegal or morally wrong: a clean record/report/license Job applicants must have a clean commercial driver's license. He said the campaign's priorities will be "education and clean government."
ENVIRONMENT free of, or producing no harmful chemicals or substances: clean energy/fuel/technology clean energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind power clean air/water/soil
have clean hands informal
to have never been involved in a dishonest or illegal activity: An audit proved that neither company had clean hands when it came to reporting profits.

cleanverb

uk   /kliːn/ us  
clean house informal
WORKPLACE to take action to make an organization operate more honestly and effectively: Companies like to clean house between chief executives, so as to give the newcomer a positive base to work from.
clean out your desk/office/locker informal
WORKPLACE used to tell someone they are being removed from their job: He was told to clean out his desk by noon.
clean up its/your act informal
to start to obey laws or accepted standards of behaviour: There are still serious questions about whether the company has cleaned up its act since its $11 billion accounting fraud was exposed.

cleanadverb

uk   /kliːn/ us  
come clean
to admit the truth about a secret you have been trying to keep: come clean about/on/over sth Corporate managers were criticized for not coming clean sooner about the company's plans to split.
(Definition of clean from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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