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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Yelp’s main revenue stream comes from advertising, where sales to national chains and service providers such as home cleaners have been healthy, while sales of advertising to local restaurants and retailers have faltered. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Longtime Yelp Holder Seeks Board Overhaul at Business-Review Company," 9 Dec. 2018 The best all-purpose cleaner is probably in your cupboard right now. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "18 Places You Should Be Cleaning with Vinegar in Your Kitchen," 18 Jan. 2018 His father is a night watchman, and his mother is a house cleaner. 1989 Simons interns for Walter Van Beirendonck while studying industrial and furniture design in Genk. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "A Brief History of Raf Simons’s Storied Career in Fashion," 22 Dec. 2018 The action is cleaner, the choreography more coherent. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Bumblebee proves Transformers movies can actually be resonant and emotional," 20 Dec. 2018 This is cleaner; reduces operating costs (crucial to keeping fares down); and critically lets the trains accelerate faster, which greatly increases speed (and therefore frequency of service) on a system where the trains stop relatively frequently. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "HQ2 is a perfect opportunity to massively upgrade the DC area’s commuter rail," 17 Nov. 2018 The next largest was vacuum-cleaner mogul James Dyson’s purchase of a penthouse at the new condominium project at 520 Park Avenue in New York. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "A $110 Million Malibu Mansion and the Biggest Luxury Buys of 2018," 4 Jan. 2019 Cheap, nontoxic and readily available, vinegar is one of my favorite go-to household cleaners. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Jam, jelly … what's the difference?," 11 July 2018 But only one 2018 honoree is guaranteed to take everyone else to the cleaners. James Hebert,, "Look for a more toned-down Tony Awards tonight, as Broadway celebrates year's best," 10 June 2018

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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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