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Meaning of “sponge” in the English Dictionary

"sponge" in British English

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spongenoun

uk   us   /spʌndʒ/
  • sponge noun (SUBSTANCE)

[C] a ​softsubstance that is ​full of ​smallholes 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 ​dampcloth - that will ​remove the ​bloodstains.

spongeverb

uk   us   /spʌndʒ/
  • 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 ​foodstains will come off if you sponge the ​material with a little ​detergent. The ​doctor told me to sponge Erik down with ​coldwater in ​order to ​lower his ​temperature.
(Definition of sponge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sponge" in American English

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spongenoun [C/U]

 us   /spʌndʒ/
  • sponge noun [C/U] (SUBSTANCE)

a ​substance that is ​full of ​holes, ​soft when ​wet, and ​able to ​absorb a lot of ​liquid, used for ​washing and ​cleaning: [C] He ​wiped off the ​table with a ​soapy sponge.

spongeverb

 us   /spʌndʒ/
  • sponge verb (GET MONEY)

[I/T] to get ​money, ​food, or other ​needs from other ​peoplerather than by taking ​care of yourself, or to ​live by getting ​help from other ​people: [I] He’s been sponging off her for ​years.
  • sponge verb (WASH)

[T] to ​wash or ​clean, esp. by using a ​wet sponge or ​cloth: Sponge the ​stainpromptly with ​coldwater. [M] She’s always sponging off the ​kitchencounter.
(Definition of sponge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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