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

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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: Adjective Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent-vinegar solution and then blot until the liquid is absorbed. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Poop Stains From Carpet, Clothes, and More," 21 Jan. 2021 Last year, an ad for a detergent brand showing a Hindu child protecting a Muslim child during the festival of colors had elicited a boycott call too. Washington Post, "An Indian jewelry brand made a touching ad about an interfaith marriage. Outrage ensued.," 14 Oct. 2020 The washer-dryer makes realistic sounds and boasts quite a few features: detergent drawer, folding tabletop, storage baskets, and tumbling drum. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, USA TODAY, "The 27 best gifts and toys for 2-year-olds," 7 Oct. 2020 Laundry stripping isn't new by any means: Many people, including Good Housekeeping Institute's Cleaning Lab, have used this soaking method for years to remove detergent residue, fabric softener, minerals from hard water, and body oils from textiles. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Laundry Stripping, and Does It Work? A Cleaning Expert Explains the Viral Soaking Method," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Natural dish soap and floor cleaner can freshen your home without bringing in harsh chemicals, while concentrated laundry detergent and hand soap can clean up messes on clothes and hands. oregonlive, "Eco-friendly products and the tools you’ll need to make spring cleaning a breeze," 18 Mar. 2021 Items like bleach, dish detergent and disinfectants in particular have been in demand. Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home During a Pandemic," 8 Dec. 2020 Packages containing Swiffer products, laundry detergent and toothpaste valued at $38.16 were stolen from a home in the 1200 block of North Marion Street between 2:08 p.m. and 2:09 p.m. Oct. 21. chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park police: Masked man attempts to steal bike, pushes resident to the ground along Roosevelt Road," 27 Oct. 2020 Tide plans to make its case by showing that the detergent can beat bargain brands using warm water. Matt Egan, CNN, "To save the planet, Tide wants you to quit using warm water for laundry," 18 Mar. 2021 Use a detergent designed for the appropriate type of gear and material—down and synthetic bags require different cleaning products, for example. Alisha Mcdarris, Popular Science, "How to prep your gear for the first camping trip of the season," 10 Mar. 2021 Make a solution that is two parts mild detergent (or dishwashing liquid) and one part warm water. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "Best ways to clean a memory foam mattress," 10 Mar. 2021 Carefully apply enough warm water over the laundry detergent to form a paste. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Remove Oil Stains from Your Driveway," 2 Nov. 2020 Dampen it with a little mild detergent diluted in lukewarm water. Washington Post, "What’s the best way to clean my dirty cellular shades?," 1 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detergent. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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