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1bleach

verb \ˈblēch\

: to remove color or dirt and stains from (hair, clothing, etc.) especially through the effect of sunlight or by using chemicals : to make (something) whiter or lighter in color

Full Definition of BLEACH

transitive verb
1
:  to remove color or stains from
2
a :  to make whiter or lighter especially by physical or chemical removal of color <bleach clothing> <the sun had bleached her hair>
b :  to remove, make dull, or sanitize as if by removing color <bleaches colonialism of its genocidal legacy — H. A. Giroux>
intransitive verb
1
:  to grow white or lose color
2
of coral :  to expel symbiotic zooxanthellae exposing a white skeleton
bleach·able \ˈblē-chə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of BLEACH

  1. bones bleached white by the sun
  2. She bleached her hair blonde.

Origin of BLEACH

Middle English blechen, from Old English blǣcean; akin to Old English blāc pale; probably akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black
First Known Use: before 12th century

2bleach

noun

: a strong chemical that is used to make something clean or white

Full Definition of BLEACH

1
:  the act or process of bleaching
2
:  a preparation used in bleaching
3
:  the degree of whiteness obtained by bleaching

First Known Use of BLEACH

1887

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