clean·​er | \ ˈklē-nər How to pronounce cleaner (audio) \

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 cleaners have their work cut out for them, however. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "On World Oceans Day, the seas are awash in plastic pollution," 8 June 2019 This portable dog paw cleaner is basically a plastic cup with soft silicone bristles inside, which helps brush away any dirt or mud. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "This 4.5 Star Paw Mudbuster Will Help Keep Your Carpet Clean," 21 May 2019 By claiming not just that elites were foolishly sinking us into such quagmires, but also that our elites were weak, and allowing other countries to take us to the cleaners. Greg Sargent, The Denver Post, "Sargent: Trump’s Iran reversal exposes one of his most dangerous lies," 21 June 2019 Though alleys in his neighborhood have gotten cleaner in recent years, garbage still overflows from the green 65-gallon bins and other cans that aren’t picked up by city trash collectors behind houses on his block. Sarah Meehan,, "You asked: Why is there so much litter in Baltimore? We dug into the city's trash problem.," 18 June 2019 After decades of improvement, America’s air may not be getting any cleaner. Anchorage Daily News, "US air quality slips after years of improvement," 18 June 2019 That means a local utility could be getting cleaner or dirtier over time, and if more fossil fuels are coming online to meet the demand, that would lead to more greenhouse gas emissions. Umair Irfan, Vox, "A new report claims bitcoin is mostly powered by renewable energy. Really?," 18 June 2019 When the couple was done, Neelley took Lisa to Little River Canyon outside Fort Payne where Neelley injected Lisa six times with liquid drain cleaner in a botched attempt to kill her. Anna Beahm,, "‘Lisa’s Law’ to keep criminals from profiting through shows, books about crimes," 11 June 2019 If that doesn’t work, take the pan outside and spray it with oven cleaner. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Clean a Cast-Iron Pan," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of cleaner

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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