brainwash - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] [often passive] 

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/ˈbreɪnˌwɒʃ/
present tense
I/you/we/theybrainwash
he/she/itbrainwashes
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.

derived word

brainwashing

noun [uncountable]