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verb [transitive] [often passive] brainwash pronunciation in British English /ˈbreɪnˌwɒʃ/
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present tense
present participlebrainwashing
past tensebrainwashed
past participlebrainwashed
  1. to force someone to accept a particular set of beliefs by repeating the same idea many times so that the person cannot think in an independent way

    Her father said she had been brainwashed by a bizarre religious cult.

    brainwash someone into doing something:

    People have been brainwashed into believing they need this stuff.

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noun [uncountable]


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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