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Meaning of “scrub” in the English Dictionary

"scrub" in British English

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scrubverb

uk   us   /skrʌb/ (-bb-)

scrubnoun

uk   us   /skrʌb/
  • scrub noun (PLANTS)

[U] (an ​area of ​landcovered with) ​shorttrees and ​bushes, ​growing on ​dryground of ​lowquality
  • scrub noun (CLEAN)

[S] UK the ​act of ​rubbing something hard in ​order to ​clean it, ​especially using a ​stiffbrush, ​soap, and ​water: Kids, give ​yourhands a good scrub and come and get ​yourdinner! [C] a ​substance that you use to ​cleanyourskin and make it ​softer, ​especially one that is ​slightlyrough and will ​removeoldskin: exfoliating facial scrubs
  • scrub noun (CLOTHES)

scrubs [plural] mainly US looseclothesworn by ​doctors and ​nurses in a ​hospital: I ​saw a ​photo of her in doctor's scrubs.
scrubby
adjective uk   us   /ˈskrʌb.i/
covered with ​shorttrees and ​bushes: scrubby ​vegetation
(Definition of scrub from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scrub" in American English

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scrubverb [I/T]

 us   /skrʌb/ (-bb-)
  • scrub verb [I/T] (CLEAN)

to ​clean something by ​rubbing it hard: [T] After the ​tomatosauceboiled over, I had to scrub the ​stove. [I] You scrub and scrub, but those ​marks never come off.

scrubnoun [U]

 us   /skrʌb/
  • scrub noun [U] (PLANTS)

lowtrees and ​bushes that ​grow in ​dirt that is not ​especially good or where it is ​windy and ​dry
(Definition of scrub from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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