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bleach

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verb \ˈblēch\

Simple Definition of bleach

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remove color or stains from

  3. 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>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to grow white or lose color

  6. 2 of coral :  to expel symbiotic zooxanthellae exposing a white skeleton

bleach·able play \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


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bleach

noun

Simple Definition of bleach

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

Full Definition of bleach

  1. 1 :  the act or process of bleaching

  2. 2 :  a preparation used in bleaching

  3. 3 :  the degree of whiteness obtained by bleaching

1887

First Known Use of bleach

1887




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