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 degrease (audio) , -​zər \ noun

Examples of degrease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This will allow the hot steam to stay trapped inside the microwave, which will help degrease the microwave and loosen stuck food and baked-on spills. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, "How To Clean Your Microwave With Vinegar," 12 May 2020 The factory used trichloroethene, commonly known as TCE, as a degreasing agent. USA TODAY, "Sinking a ferry, lifting a yoga ban, limiting cash bail: News from around our 50 states," 10 Mar. 2020 Rub liquid laundry detergent with a degreasing agent into the stains, then wash the garments on the hottest water setting that’s safe for the fabric. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Laundry mishaps can be fixed," 11 Oct. 2019 To perform the chabrot, each diner pools wine into their plate at the end of the meal, agitates the wine with a fork to degrease the plate, then drinks the wine. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Privacy Policy," 27 Jan. 2020 Kingery-Schwartz cleaned and degreased the glass, aligned the break edges and applied epoxy to the break. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Keepsakes worth keeping: Five families on the artifacts they rescued," 18 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Degrease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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