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

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 Environmental studies commissioned by the city discovered lead contamination in the soil and a toxic substance called tetrachloroethylene, used to degrease metal and dry clean fabric, in the groundwater, the release said. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 29 Apr. 2022 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, 12 May 2020 The factory used trichloroethene, commonly known as TCE, as a degreasing agent. USA TODAY, 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, 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, 27 Jan. 2020 Kingery-Schwartz cleaned and degreased the glass, aligned the break edges and applied epoxy to the break. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2019 In the 1980s, trichloroethylene, a common degreasing solvent and suspected carcinogen, was found in the wells. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, 11 Nov. 2019 Washed my face with Dawn dish detergent to degrease it. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, 8 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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6 May 2022

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“Degrease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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