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detergent

adjective de·ter·gent \ -jənt \

Definition of detergent

:that cleanses :cleansing
  • a detergent oil

First Known Use of detergent

1616


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detergent

noun

Definition of detergent

:a cleansing agent: such as
a :soap
b :any of numerous synthetic water-soluble or liquid organic preparations that are chemically different from soaps but are able to emulsify oils, hold dirt in suspension, and act as wetting agents
c :an oil-soluble substance that holds insoluble foreign matter in suspension and is used in lubricating oils and dry-cleaning solvents

Examples of detergent in a Sentence

  1. We have tried different laundry detergents.

  2. add the detergent to the washing machine before putting in the clothes

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First Known Use of detergent

1676

detergent Synonyms



DETERGENT Defined for English Language Learners

detergent

noun

Definition of detergent for English Language Learners

  • : a powder or liquid that is used to clean clothes, dishes, etc. : a chemical substance that is like soap


DETERGENT Defined for Kids

detergent

noun de·ter·gent \ di-ˈtər-jənt \

Definition of detergent for Students

:a substance that cleans

Medical Dictionary

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detergent

adjective de·ter·gent \ di-ˈtər-jənt \

medical Definition of detergent

:having a cleansing action

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detergent

noun

medical Definition of detergent

:a cleansing agent: as
a :soap 1
b :any of numerous synthetic water-soluble or liquid organic preparations that are chemically different from soaps but are able to emulsify oils, hold dirt in suspension, and act as wetting agents


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