detergent

adjective
de·​ter·​gent | \ di-ˈtər-jənt How to pronounce detergent (audio) \

Definition of detergent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: that cleanses : cleansing a detergent oil

detergent

noun

Definition of detergent (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Synonyms for detergent

Synonyms: Noun

cleaner, cleanser, soap

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Examples of detergent in a Sentence

Noun

We have tried different laundry detergents. add the detergent to the washing machine before putting in the clothes

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Soaps, detergent, oils and nut butters have some of the highest increases. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Amazon Slashed Prices at Whole Foods. Now They’re Climbing Back Up.," 12 Feb. 2019 Dispersants contain detergents, which break up oil into small droplets, and solvents that help the dispersant mix with oil and water, which don't normally mix. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Sunlight weakens chemical dispersants used to cleanup oil spills, research shows," 25 Apr. 2018 Ornelas recommends warm water and mild laundry detergent to clean the insides of sneakers. Isadora Baum, SELF, "Here’s How to Clean Sneakers Depending on the Material," 17 Feb. 2019 Hot water, excess detergent and unnecessarily vigorous washing will make your clothes fade and wear out earlier. Clinton Kelly, Woman's Day, "This Is the Right Way to Do Laundry," 14 Mar. 2017 Nearly all countertops do best when wiped down with a spray made of warm water and a mild liquid dish detergent. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 Thus, Ben recommends sticking to shampoos with natural ingredients and cleansers, and straying from those with detergents, like silicone and sulfates. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "This Is How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Hair," 12 Apr. 2019 Related The creativity struggle transcends the food business as a number of consumer-product giants are fending off the little guys on everything from razors to laundry detergent. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Small Brands Are Taking a Thousand Little Bites Out of Campbell’s Business," 21 May 2018 Wash a plastic curtain on the highest water level with regular amount of detergent, and add two to three bath towels for extra cleaning agitation. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of detergent

Adjective

1616, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1676, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of detergent was in 1616

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detergent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of detergent

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

detergent

noun
de·​ter·​gent | \ di-ˈtər-jənt How to pronounce detergent (audio) \

Kids Definition of detergent

: a substance that cleans

detergent

adjective
de·​ter·​gent | \ di-ˈtər-jənt How to pronounce detergent (audio) \

Medical Definition of detergent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a cleansing action

detergent

noun

Medical Definition of detergent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cleansing agent: as
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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