Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

bleach - definition and synonyms

Close
What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close
ThesaurusThesaurus
Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb     bleach pronunciation in American English
/blitʃ/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theybleach
he/she/itbleaches
present participlebleaching
past tensebleached
past participlebleached
Related words
  1. 1
    [transitive] to remove the color from something with a chemical or through the action of sunlight

    The sun had bleached her hair.

    Raw cloth is bleached and then dyed.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to gradually lose color, for example because of being in the sun

    The skeletons of dead cattle were bleaching in the sun.

 
BuzzWord

hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play