de·​grease | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈgrēs How to pronounce degrease (audio) , (ˌ)dē-ˈgrēz How to pronounce degrease (audio) \
degreased; degreasing; degreases

Definition of degrease

transitive verb

: to remove grease from

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Other Words from degrease

degreaser \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈgrē-​sər How to pronounce degreaser (audio) , -​zər \ noun

Examples of degrease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1980s, trichloroethylene, a common degreasing solvent and suspected carcinogen, was found in the wells. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "New Brighton city manager takes position in Eureka, Calif.," 11 Nov. 2019 Washed my face with Dawn dish detergent to degrease it. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "Derms Weigh In on Reddit’s Weirdest Skin Confessions," 8 Nov. 2019 Turns out vodka can be used for many of the same tasks as vinegar, such as degreasing, deodorizing and disinfecting. NBC News, "Booze you can use: Here's how to clean with vodka," 18 Dec. 2017 Next comes degreasing, since whale bones are infamously oily. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How to Give Dead Animals a Second Life: The Art of Skeleton Articulation," 5 Oct. 2017 A degreasing soap or special scrub wash such as tecnu or Zanfel works best. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Are you prepared to deal with the poison oak season from hell?," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of degrease

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of degrease was circa 1889

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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Degrease.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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