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verb British English pronunciation: dust /dʌst/ 
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present tense
present participledusting
past tensedusted
past participledusted
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to wipe the dust off the surface of something such as furniture

    I'll just dust the table.

    Elaine has already hoovered and dusted.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to put a thin layer of powder on something
    dust something with something:

    Dust the work surface with flour.

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