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bleach

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verb \ ˈblēch \

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

bleachable

play \ˈblē-chə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of bleach in a Sentence

  1. bones bleached white by the sun

  2. She bleached her hair blonde.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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bleach

noun

Definition of bleach

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

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First Known Use of bleach

1746



BLEACH Defined for English Language Learners

bleach

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verb

Definition of bleach for English Language Learners

  • : 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


bleach

noun

Definition of bleach for English Language Learners

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


BLEACH Defined for Kids

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bleach

play
verb \ ˈblēch \

Definition of bleach for Students

bleached; bleaching
:to make white by removing the color or stains from

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bleach

noun

Definition of bleach for Students

:a chemical used for bleaching


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