clean·​up | \ ˈklēn-ˌəp How to pronounce cleanup (audio) \

Definition of cleanup

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an act or instance of cleaning The children helped with the cleanup.
2 : an exceptionally large profit made a cleanup [=killing] when he sold his stocks



Definition of cleanup (Entry 2 of 3)

: being in the fourth position in the batting order of a baseball team a cleanup hitter

clean up

cleaned up; cleaning up; cleans up

Definition of clean up (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a spectacular profit in a business enterprise or a killing in speculation or gambling
2 : to become free of drug or alcohol addiction I always cleaned up for tours. … By the end of the tour, I'm perfectly clean and should have stayed sober.— Keith Richards

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Other Words from cleanup


cleanup adverb

Examples of cleanup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In January, for instance, the agency agreed to confidential talks with Boeing to resolve a dispute over the extent of the cleanup. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 The new owners, a couple from Austin, will now have to deal with most of the cleanup. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 17 May 2021 In addition to planting, removing or cutting back buckthorn is an essential part of the cleanup. Gina Grillo,, 11 May 2021 Since launching in February 2018, the brand has diverted almost three million period waste products from landfills, plus contributed funds for over 11,000 pounds of cleanup. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2021 City officials stressed that those who were at the camp that was dispersed Wednesday had been offered access to health, housing and other resources ahead of the cleanup, as part of Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s Community Commitment Program. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 The cost of cleanup could figure heavily into the scope of future development. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 10 Apr. 2021 Some will have to be replaced, others need significant upgrades and still others will just need a dab of cleanup. Cori Brown,, 27 Mar. 2021 The Associated Press reported that the air in Newnan smelled like pine as residents cut through debris with chainsaws as part of the cleanup. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Independent consultant Raudel Sanchez is in charge of monitoring the cleanup efforts on behalf of Hinkley residents. Marc Dorian, ABC News, 10 June 2021 Mobile has an existing contract with DRC Inc., which helped with cleanup efforts following Hurricane Sally in September and Zeta in October and assists following large-scale storm debris removal. al, 9 June 2021 Those efforts to contain the fire resulted in the final tally for cleanup efforts rising to more than $9 million. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 4 May 2021 Mobile County is estimating a cleanup cost of around $6 million. al, 16 Oct. 2020 Environmental response contractors hired by Arbre Farms have completed cleanup activities at the county drain, but are still working to clean wastewater and sludge from a wooded area near the point of release, Assendelft said. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2021 Once registered, volunteers will be sent a link to a cleanup report form to input their stats, which can be accessed on mobile devices or computers. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 Trash and graffiti around the city core have increased substantially, too, despite city and volunteer cleanup efforts. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2021 Free registrations come with a cleanup kit (which supplies last) that includes a litter grabber, gloves, safety vest, handheld scale and trash collection bags. Jeff Kart, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cleanup


1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1912, in the meaning defined above


1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cleanup


see clean entry 1

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The first known use of cleanup was in 1872

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21 Jun 2021

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“Cleanup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cleanup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the process of cleaning something



English Language Learners Definition of cleanup (Entry 2 of 2)

: fourth in the batting order of a baseball team


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