verb Date: 1817 transitive verb to subject to dry cleaning intransitive verb to undergo dry cleaning • dry-cleanable adjective

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  • dry-clean — v. t. to clean without the use of water; usually by immersing in an organic solvent to remove grease. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dry-clean — [ US ˈ. .] v [T] to clean clothes etc with chemicals instead of water >.dry cleaning n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dry-clean — [drī′klēn΄] vt. to clean (garments, fabrics, etc.) with some solvent other than water, as naphtha or carbon tetrachloride dry cleaner n …   English World dictionary

  • dry-clean — verb transitive usually passive to clean clothes using chemicals rather than water …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dry-clean — ► VERB ▪ clean (a garment) with an organic solvent …   English terms dictionary

  • dry-clean — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ transitive verb Etymology: back formation from dry cleaning : to subject to dry cleaning * * * ˌdry ˈclean [dry clean dry cleans dry cleaned dry cleaning] …   Useful english dictionary

  • dry-clean — UK / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms dry clean : present tense I/you/we/they dry clean he/she/it dry cleans present participle dry cleaning past tense dry cleaned past participle dry cleaned to clean clothes using chemicals… …   English dictionary

  • dry clean — verb clean with chemical agents • Derivationally related forms: ↑dry cleaner, ↑dry cleaning • Hypernyms: ↑clean, ↑make clean • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …   Useful english dictionary

  • dry clean —    to check or evade for reasons of security    The removal of extraneous matter:     On the way back to his offices at American Contract Services in Little Rock he would double back or take strange routes to dry clean the cars that he thought… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • dry-clean — dry cleans, dry cleaning, dry cleaned VERB: usu passive When things such as clothes are dry cleaned, they are cleaned with a liquid chemical rather than with water. [be V ed] Natural filled duvets must be dry cleaned by a professional …   English dictionary

  • dry clean — Synonyms and related words: bleach, bowdlerize, clean, clean out, clean up, cleanse, clear out, delouse, depurate, deterge, dust, dust off, expurgate, freshen, lustrate, purge, purify, reform, scavenge, spruce, steam clean, sweep out, sweeten,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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