bleach

verb
\ ˈblēch How to pronounce bleach (audio) \
bleached; bleaching; bleaches

Definition of bleach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to remove color or stains from
2a : 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

noun

Definition of bleach (Entry 2 of 2)

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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Other Words from bleach

Verb

bleachable \ ˈblē-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce bleachable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for bleach

Synonyms: Verb

blanch, blench, decolorize, dull, fade, pale, snow, wash out, whiten

Antonyms: Verb

darken, deepen, embrown

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Examples of bleach in a Sentence

Verb

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

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Yes, even the latter let her signature brows get bleached into oblivion. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, and Kaia Gerber Just Walked The Prada Runway Without Eyebrows," 22 Feb. 2019 That meant putting in raw European-oak flooring that's been bleached and sealed with a matte sealant to keep water from soaking in, for example. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Ryan Brown and Diego Monchamp’s Montecito Beach House Makes Clever Use Of Closet Space," 1 Feb. 2019 The first step is bleaching out pigment and the next step is to tone and color, all of which takes a few hours, depending on the condition of your hair and its natural color. Sable Yong, Teen Vogue, "Going Platinum: What to Know Before Dyeing Your Hair," 5 Oct. 2018 His case against flour manufacturers to prohibit them from bleaching their product—thereby adding nitrates to the mix—was ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We have food safety laws thanks to 19th century “poison squad”," 26 Nov. 2018 The spacesuits are made of leather, bleached Teflon for flame resistance and high-strength Nomex that is intended for use in high temperatures. Christian Davenport, The Seattle Times, "Inside SpaceX, the Willy Wonka-like rocket factory that eventually could send astronauts to space," 14 Aug. 2018 Paris Reid is a model and a student with Cher-like lengths of platinum blonde hair and bleached eyebrows. Sarah Spellings And Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Model Finding Beauty in the Mundane," 25 May 2018 Why Go NowThe gorgeously sun-bleached, 58-villa Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has been quietly besting the competition for years, luring a chic yet low-key clientele that’s a world apart from the boozy bacchanal of Nha Trang itself. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 Blue-leaved varieties will bleach to green with too much direct sun. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Stunning Hostas," 7 Aug. 2018

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Common ingredients include stain removers (such as sodium tripolyphosphateor hexametaphosphate and hydrated silica) and bleach, often listed as calcium peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Joanne Chen, Redbook, "Teeth: An Owner's Manual," 24 July 2017 If the stain still remains, soak the fabric for 15 minutes in cold water, apply laundry stain remover, and wash in warm water with fabric-safe bleach. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Absolutely Everything," 19 Nov. 2018 It is advised not to use ammonia or bleach when cleaning glass shower doors or hardware. Stacy Argo, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Care for your glass shower doors, enclosures," 22 Feb. 2018 Certain substances are common culprits behind irritant contact dermatitis, like rubbing alcohol, bleach, and detergents. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Why Your Same Old Eye Makeup Is Suddenly Causing Irritation," 5 Oct. 2018 For this operation, either oxygen bleach, such as OxiClean or Clorox OxiMagic, or a powdered dishwasher detergent like Cascade are aces. Dissolve about a quarter cup of either product in enough lukewarm water to fully submerge the linens. Jolie Kerr, Town & Country, "How to Clean Table Linens," 10 Feb. 2017 Common irritants include nickel, plants like poison ivy, and harsh cleaning agents like bleach. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Questions That Will Help You Decode That Skin Rash," 22 Mar. 2019 In fact, the only thing that's certain at this point is Sabrina's bleach-blond hair. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Mar. 2019 This almost goes without saying, but bleach is an extremely hazardous chemical that almost everyone has stored in their homes. Lindsey Campbell, House Beautiful, "19 Dangerous Household Items You Should Quit Using Immediately," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of bleach

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bleach

Verb

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bleach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of bleach (Entry 2 of 2)

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

bleach

verb
\ ˈblēch How to pronounce bleach (audio) \
bleached; bleaching

Kids Definition of bleach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make white by removing the color or stains from

bleach

noun

Kids Definition of bleach (Entry 2 of 2)

: a chemical used for bleaching

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