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verb     brush pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebrushing
past tensebrushed
past participlebrushed
  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 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
    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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