Definition of “sponge” - English Dictionary

“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 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 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)