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English definition of “tidy”

tidy

adjective uk   /ˈtaɪ.di/ us  

tidy adjective (ORDERED)

A2 having everything ordered and arranged in the right place, or liking to keep things like this: The house was clean and tidy. My flatmate isn't very tidy. neat and tidy a tidy solutionClean and tidy

tidy adjective (LARGE)

[before noun] informal (of amounts of money) large: His business deals make him a tidy sum.Large amounts of moneySmall amounts of money
tidily
adverb uk   /-dɪ.li/ us  
Put your clothes away tidily.Clean and tidy
tidiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Clean and tidy

tidy

noun uk   /ˈtaɪ.di/ us  
a desk, car, sink, etc. tidy a small container for a few objects, that makes it easier for you to keep your desk, car, etc. tidyGeneral and miscellaneous containers

tidy

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈtaɪ.di/ us  
A2 to make a place or a collection of things tidy: Tidy (up) these papers before you leave, please. I'm tired of asking you to tidy your room (up). Have you tidied up yet, kids?Cleaning and tidying places and things
tidy-up
noun [S] uk   /ˌtaɪ.diˈʌp/ us  
Let's have/do a quick tidy-up before mum gets home.Cleaning and tidying places and things
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of tidy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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