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

Most importantly, do not use vinegar in this solution; use only dish detergent and water. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know to Clean Your Walls," 25 July 2019 Now the maker of Tide detergent and Gillette razors hopes bug spray will break the drought. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "P&G, in Search of New Markets, Is Going After Bugs," 8 July 2019 Though not as dangerous as ingesting laundry detergent pods, the challenge is just as bizarre. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "What's the Bottle Cap Challenge? Here's what you need to know about the latest viral trend," 2 July 2019 Alma Benitez, 35, is suspected of being involved in the theft of laundry detergent, baby formula, shampoo, liquor and batteries from Walmart, Fry's and Target stores, court documents said. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Phoenix mom accused of buying stolen items, involving her kids in reselling merchandise," 14 June 2019 Shoppers can finish containers of Tide detergent or Häagen-Dazs ice cream, then toss them into a tote for pickup or drop-off. Sarah Min, CBS News, "The company refilling your household goods is expanding to more states," 10 July 2019 Place a tablet in the bottom and your go-to detergent in the tray, then run the dishwasher as usual. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner," 24 June 2019 To avoid that, include one drop of liquid dishwashing detergent per gallon of spray. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Wild violets: Weed or wildflower?," 21 June 2019 There's no denying that most of us would be more or less lost without laundry detergent. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Laundry Detergent Is Messing With Your Skin," 15 June 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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