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verb brush pronunciation in American English /brʌʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybrush
he/she/itbrushes
present participlebrushing
past tensebrushed
past participlebrushed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something clean or neat using a brush
    brush your hair/teeth: She hadn’t bothered to brush her hair.
    How often do you brush your teeth?
    1. a.
      to remove something from an object using a brush
      brush something off/from something: Let me brush the dust off your jacket.
      brush something out: If you get paint in your hair, you won’t be able to brush it out.
    2. b.
      to apply a liquid to a surface using a brush
      Brush the lacquer on thinly.
      brush something with something: First, brush the wall with a stiff brush to remove loose paint.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to touch someone or something for a very short time when you go past them
    Her sleeve brushed the wall.
    brush past/against: She brushed past him.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to touch someone or something very gently
      He brushed her lips with his mouth.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to remove something by moving your hands quickly over a surface
    The old man brushed some crumbs from his beard.
    brush something away: Maggie brushed away her tears as she listened.
    brush something from/off something: We had to brush the snow off the windshield.

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