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adjective clean pronunciation in American English /klin/ 
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adjectiveclean
comparativecleaner
superlativecleanest
  1. 1
    not dirty

    Go and put on a clean shirt.

    nice clean towels

    spotlessly clean:

    Everything in the house was spotlessly clean (=extremely clean).

    neat and clean:

    I like to keep the place neat and clean.

    brush/scrub/sweep/wash/wipe etc. something clean:

    Tom had scrubbed the floor clean.

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    1. a.
      clean people and animals keep themselves and the places where they live clean

      Pigs are actually very clean animals.

    2. b.
      clean air or water has no dirty or dangerous substances in it

      Many refugees are living in appalling conditions, without clean water and proper sanitation.

      the clean country air

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  2. 2
    not guilty of anything illegal or wrong

    an attempt by the government to project a clean image

    Why couldn't the president send somebody with a totally clean record?

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    1. a.
      clean language or humor does not offend people, especially because it does not involve sex

      It was all good clean fun.

      keep it clean (=not say anything offensive):

      Keep it clean – there are children listening.

    2. b.
      fair and done according to the rules

      It was a good clean fight.

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    3. c.
      informal not carrying anything illegal

      The police stopped him, but he was clean.

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    4. d.
      informal no longer using illegal drugs

      Carter's been clean for six months.

  3. 3
    clean shapes, lines, or movements are smooth, regular, or neat

    the clean lines of a good design

  4. 4
    clean smells, tastes, and colors are light and fresh

    The wine is clean and fresh, though with a robust flavor.

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