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

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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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