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verb mop pronunciation in British English /mɒp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemopping
past tensemopped
past participlemopped
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to wash a floor using a mop
    Don’t go in the kitchen, I’ve just finished mopping the floor.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to wipe sweat from your face with a cloth when you are very hot or ill
    mop your brow: He pulled a handkerchief from his pocket and mopped his brow.
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  3. 3



    mop up

    [transitive] to clean liquid or dirt from a surface using a mop, cloth, or something soft
    I need a cloth to mop this wine.
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