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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But in court records obtained by The Star, reports indicated that Robert Harris had made several trips to a nearby Walmart as early as 9:30 a.m. that morning to buy a large trash can, plastic bags, carpet cleaner and a filleting knife. Hana Muslic, kansascity, "At hearing for OP man accused of killing wife, man testifies he was defendant’s lover," 19 June 2018 More than 1,200 property owners across Downtown Indianapolis are a step closer to paying new taxes that are being pitched as a way to make the city cleaner and safer, especially for visitors. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Downtown Indianapolis moves closer to new tax for beautification, public safety," 11 June 2018 Oven cleaner and butane stored above bags of flour and tempura batter. Ryan Santistevan, azcentral, "Mesa eatery left 3-day-old food on deli slicer, among other violations," 16 May 2018 DeLaurentis was the center’s unofficial bathroom cleaner and landscaper. Karen Pearlman,, "From homeless to hopeful in record time," 10 Feb. 2018 After 100 hours of work, the student engineered a 3-D printed, five-pound model of an automatic shellfish upwelling process, or a silo cleaner., "Tea by the sea, Korean peace medals, and $2,000 to fight hunger," 13 July 2018 Ketchup makes a good copper cleaner because of its vinegar and acid content. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Jam, jelly … what's the difference?," 11 July 2018 Just avoid household cleaners with harsh chemicals like ammonia or alkaline on the screen. Whitson Gordon, New York Times, "How to Clean Your Filthy, Disgusting Laptop," 26 June 2018 Stern said RecycLA has resulted in the replacement of 450 privately owned diesel trash trucks with newer, cleaner burning models. David Zahniser,, "Two property owners sue over L.A.'s recycling program, saying it imposes an illegal tax," 15 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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