clean·er | \ ˈklē-nər \

Definition of cleaner 

1a : one whose work is cleaning

b : dry cleaner also : a dry-cleaning shop usually used in plural

2 : a preparation for cleaning

3 : an implement or machine for cleaning

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Synonyms for cleaner


cleanser, detergent, soap

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Examples of cleaner in a Sentence

He recommends using baking soda as a general household cleaner. a kitchen shelf loaded with household cleaners

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The Weddell seals were already finished molting, so the scene was much cleaner. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 Google, for instance, won out against Alta Vista, the leading search engine in the late 1990s, because its interface was cleaner, searches came up more quickly and the results were more accurate. The Economist, "More knock-on than networkThe story of the internet is all about layers," 28 June 2018 Their first offering is a robotic window cleaner for skyscrapers The startups are competing for a chance to have an exhibitor table at CREtech’s December 6th New York event valued at $3,000, and over $20,000 worth of other prizes. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "Finalists chosen for The LAB Miami's Future Of Real Estate pitch competition," 30 May 2018 Take a gentle cleaner—like Power Out! Upholstery Cleaner from Turtle Wax—that eliminates odors, blot out stains with a soft cloth, wipe it dry, and repeat. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Spots in Your Car That Everyone Forgets to Clean," 11 May 2017 Servers, cooks and cleaners at McDonald’s are no longer employees of the firm or its franchisees, but bid for positions at the till on an hourly basis through TaskRabbit, an online labour platform. The Economist, "Run, TaskRabbit, run: July 2030," 5 July 2018 Some also swear by the cleaner aesthetic achieved by a table set without extra adornments. Allison Steele,, "Why salt shakers disappeared from restaurant tables," 27 June 2018 To catch excess water and avoid streaks, cleaners hold a mop under the squeegee. San Francisco Chronicle, "Tech firms love glass skyscrapers. Window washers are cleaning up," 18 June 2018 Next, get an enzymatic cleaner at the pet store to clean the carpet itself. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Pet World: Dog Keeps Digging At Same Spot In Carpet," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of cleaner

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Phrases Related to cleaner

house cleaner

the cleaners

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The first known use of cleaner was in 1720

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English Language Learners Definition of cleaner

: a person whose job is to clean something

: a substance used for cleaning things

: a device or machine used for cleaning things

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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