scrub Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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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)

"scrub" in British English

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uk   us   /skrʌb/ (-bb-)

scrub verb (CLEAN)

[I or T] to ​rub something hard in ​order to ​clean it, ​especially using a ​stiffbrush, ​soap, and ​water: She scrubbed (at) the ​mark on the ​wall for a ​longtime, but it wouldn't come off. [+ obj + adj ] He scrubbed the ​oldsaucepanclean, and it ​looked as good as new.

scrub verb (STOP)

[T] (US also scratch) informal to ​decide not to do something you had ​planned to do: We had to scrub ​ourplans when I ​lost my ​job.
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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.
adjective uk   us   /ˈskrʌb.i/
covered with ​shorttrees and ​bushes: scrubby ​vegetation
(Definition of scrub from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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