dry-clean

verb \ ˈdrī-ˌklēn \

Definition of dry-clean

transitive verb
: to subject to dry cleaning
intransitive verb
: to undergo dry cleaning

dry-cleanable

play \-ˈklē-nə-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of dry-clean

1817


DRY-CLEAN Defined for English Language Learners

dry-clean

verb

Definition of dry-clean for English Language Learners

  • : to clean (clothing, curtains, etc.) by using special chemicals instead of water


DRY-CLEAN Defined for Kids

dry-clean

verb \ ˈdrī-ˌklēn \

Definition of dry-clean for Students

dry-cleaned; dry-cleaning
: to clean (fabrics) with chemicals instead of water


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