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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One month after Berkeley became the first city in America to ban natural gas in new buildings, a second Bay Area city is poised to take a similarly ambitious plunge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by requiring cleaner, electric alternatives. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Menlo Park may join Berkeley at front of movement to snuff natural gas out of buildings," 25 Aug. 2019 Mix and apply the cleaner, as recommended by the manufacturer, then scrub the surface clean. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Leaf Stains Off Your Wood Deck," 24 Aug. 2019 When stabilization is turned on, the scales are tipped even further toward GoPro, and images from the Hero7 Black are noticeably sharper and cleaner, because its pixels aren’t being stretched as much. Brent Rose, The Verge, "DJI Osmo Action review: giving GoPro real competition," 5 Aug. 2019 The new destination is brighter, cleaner, and organizes information about the non-profit more communicably. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji," 17 July 2019 Some states are using the funds to buy more (albeit cleaner) diesel engines. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Many US states are spending their VW settlement funds on more diesel engines," 11 July 2019 Analysts said the rise can be largely attributed to the 3 percent pay increase awarded to more than a million National Health Service workers in England, including cleaners, nurses, paramedics and midwives. Pan Pylas, The Seattle Times, "UK wages pick up, should bolster growth as Brexit looms," 11 Sep. 2018 The Browns played a much cleaner and smarter first quarter in terms of penalties. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Browns Halftime Scribbles: Leading, but struggling with Jets," 16 Sep. 2019 The cooks and cleaners and construction workers caught the ferry from the Mudd. Kevin Sieff,, "When Hurricane Dorian blew through the Bahamas, it exposed one of the world’s great faultlines of inequality," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cleaner

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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