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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 people rather 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 stain promptly with cold water. [M] She’s always sponging off the kitchen counter.
(Definition of sponge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"sponge" in British English

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spongenoun

uk   /spʌndʒ/  us   /spʌndʒ/

spongeverb

uk   /spʌndʒ/  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 food stains will come off if you sponge the material with a little detergent. The doctor told me to sponge Erik down with cold water in order to lower his temperature.
(Definition of sponge from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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