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Having lived in the arid deserts of Southern California since the 1970s, my interest in water conservation is a very personal concern. Water! The source of life! Some people are squandering the world's most precious resource while others have too little clean water to drink.
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Meaning of "clean" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CLEAN

Old English clǣne; related to Old Frisian klēne small, neat, Old High German kleini.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CLEAN

clean  [kliːn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CLEAN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Clean is a verb and can also act as a noun, an adjective and an adverb.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb clean in English.



The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES CLEAN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of clean in the English dictionary

The first definition of clean in the dictionary is without dirt or other impurities; unsoiled. Other definition of clean is without anything in it or on it. Clean is also recently washed; fresh.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO CLEAN

PRESENT

Present
I clean
you clean
he/she/it cleans
we clean
you clean
they clean
Present continuous
I am cleaning
you are cleaning
he/she/it is cleaning
we are cleaning
you are cleaning
they are cleaning
Present perfect
I have cleaned
you have cleaned
he/she/it has cleaned
we have cleaned
you have cleaned
they have cleaned
Present perfect continuous
I have been cleaning
you have been cleaning
he/she/it has been cleaning
we have been cleaning
you have been cleaning
they have been cleaning
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I cleaned
you cleaned
he/she/it cleaned
we cleaned
you cleaned
they cleaned
Past continuous
I was cleaning
you were cleaning
he/she/it was cleaning
we were cleaning
you were cleaning
they were cleaning
Past perfect
I had cleaned
you had cleaned
he/she/it had cleaned
we had cleaned
you had cleaned
they had cleaned
Past perfect continuous
I had been cleaning
you had been cleaning
he/she/it had been cleaning
we had been cleaning
you had been cleaning
they had been cleaning
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will clean
you will clean
he/she/it will clean
we will clean
you will clean
they will clean
Future continuous
I will be cleaning
you will be cleaning
he/she/it will be cleaning
we will be cleaning
you will be cleaning
they will be cleaning
Future perfect
I will have cleaned
you will have cleaned
he/she/it will have cleaned
we will have cleaned
you will have cleaned
they will have cleaned
Future perfect continuous
I will have been cleaning
you will have been cleaning
he/she/it will have been cleaning
we will have been cleaning
you will have been cleaning
they will have been cleaning
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would clean
you would clean
he/she/it would clean
we would clean
you would clean
they would clean
Conditional continuous
I would be cleaning
you would be cleaning
he/she/it would be cleaning
we would be cleaning
you would be cleaning
they would be cleaning
Conditional perfect
I would have clean
you would have clean
he/she/it would have clean
we would have clean
you would have clean
they would have clean
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been cleaning
you would have been cleaning
he/she/it would have been cleaning
we would have been cleaning
you would have been cleaning
they would have been cleaning
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you clean
we let´s clean
you clean
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to clean
Past participle
cleaned
Present Participle
cleaning
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CLEAN


Abilene
ˈæbɪˌliːn
berline
bəˈliːn
colleen
ˈkɒliːn
ethylene
ˈɛθɪˌliːn
gasoline
ˈɡæsəˌliːn
house-clean
ˈhaʊsˌkliːn
hydroxyproline
haɪˌdrɒksɪˈprəʊliːn
Kathleen
ˈkæθˌliːn
lean
liːn
Magdalene
ˈmæɡdəˌliːn
methylene
ˈmɛθɪˌliːn
polyethylene
ˌpɒlɪˈɛθɪˌliːn
polypropylene
ˌpɒlɪˈprəʊpɪˌliːn
praline
ˈprɑːliːn
proline
ˈprəʊliːn
propylene
ˈprəʊpɪˌliːn
spleen
spliːn
tourmaline
ˈtʊəməˌliːn
unclean
ʌnˈkliːn
Vaseline
ˈvæsɪˌliːn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CLEAN

clean bill of health
clean bowled
clean hands
clean out
clean room
clean sheet
clean slate
clean sweep
clean technology
clean up
clean up one´s act
clean wool
clean-and-jerk
clean-cut
clean-limbed
clean-living
clean-shaven
clean-tech
cleanability

WORDS THAT END LIKE CLEAN

Boolean
Carolean
cerulean
Chilean
come clean
day-clean
deep clean
dry-clean
Galilean
glean
herculean
Maclean
Periclean
spring-clean
squeaky-clean
superclean
the Galilean
Tyrolean
ultraclean
wipe the slate clean

Synonyms and antonyms of clean in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CLEAN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «clean» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of clean

Translation of «clean» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CLEAN

Find out the translation of clean to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of clean from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «clean» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

清洁的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

limpio
570 millions of speakers

English

clean
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

साफ
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

نَظِيف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

чистый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

limpo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পরিষ্কার
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

propre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bersih
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

sauber
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

清潔な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

깨끗한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Resik
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sạch sẽ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சுத்தமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्वच्छ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

temiz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pulito
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

czysty
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

чистий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

curat
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

καθαρός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

skoon
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ren
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ren
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of clean

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CLEAN»

The term «clean» is very widely used and occupies the 2.159 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CLEAN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «clean» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «clean» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about clean

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «CLEAN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word clean.
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Marina Abramovic
We are used to cleaning the outside house, but the most important house to clean is yourself - your own house - which we never do.
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Jamie Bamber
I love Prada shirts because they're so decorative and figure-hugging, but I also like Reiss shirts because they're clean, simple and look as if they've come off the peg from a design house.
3
David Blunkett
I said it's impossible to have an amnesty without ID cards and a clean database, because you firstly don't have any incentives for people to actually come up front and register, and make themselves available, and secondly you have no means of tracking them.
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Eric Burdon
Having lived in the arid deserts of Southern California since the 1970s, my interest in water conservation is a very personal concern. Water! The source of life! Some people are squandering the world's most precious resource while others have too little clean water to drink.
5
Anthony Burgess
Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
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Park Chan-wook
It is not possible for a person to be completely free of sin and be squeaky clean.
7
Ray Comfort
It takes both courage and talent to stand up in front of fellow human beings and make them crack a smile, and at the same time keep it clean.
8
Jimmy Connors
New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.
9
Doug Davidson
We moved to a place where we felt the children could have as normal an upbringing as possible. Los Angeles was not it. We live in a place with clean air and animals.
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Patrick Dempsey
I hate shaving. It's much easier to just do a little stubble, but my wife and daughter like it when I'm clean-shaven. If you see me with a clean face, then you know I'm in the kissing mode!

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CLEAN»

Discover the use of clean in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to clean and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Clean LP: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's ...
The life-changing program everyone is talking about Alejandro Junger, M.D., offers a comprehensive and medically proven program to rid our bodies of the multitude of toxins that tax our systems on a daily basis.
Alejandro Junger, 2009
2
Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest ...
Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems and for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they’re in.
David Sheff, 2013
3
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
Readers will come away from this book understanding How to tell the difference between good and bad code How to write good code and how to transform bad code into good code How to create good names, good functions, good objects, and good ...
Robert C. Martin, 2008
4
Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root ...
The Clean Gut program will put an end to these everyday ailments, reverse chronic disease, and help you achieve true, long-lasting health.
Alejandro Junger, 2013
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Clean
A group of teens in a Seattle-area rehabilitation center form an unlikely friendship as they begin to focus less on their own problems with drugs and alcohol by reaching out to help a new member, who seems to have even deeper issues to ...
Amy Reed, 2012
6
Clean: A New Generation in Recovery Speaks Out
Drawing on his own experiences, as well as the personal stories of others, the former cast member of MTV's "Real World: Chicago" offers an inside look at addiction, treatment, and recovery.
Chris Beckman, 2005
7
Clean: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing
It’s easier than you think to clean your home in a nontoxic, environmentally responsible way!
Michael De Jong, 2007
8
Clean: A Proven Plan for Men Committed to Sexual Integrity
Clean is a priceless, no-nonsense resource for every husband, father, brother, son, friend, pastor, and Christian leader on the front lines of this war.
Douglas Weiss, 2013
9
Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source : ...
Presents more than two hundred vegan recipes organized by produce available in spring, summer, fall, and winter.
Terry Walters, 2007
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Clean
A life-changing medical breakthrough Clean is an M.D.'s program designed to be easily incorporated into our busy schedule while providing all the practical tools necessary to support and rejuvenate our bodies.
Alejandro Junger, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CLEAN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term clean is used in the context of the following news items.
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The global clean energy economy is surging - and Canada is …
The global economy for clean energy is surging, but Canada is missing out, according to a new report on the top 10 trends driving and defining ... «National Observer, Jul 15»
2
Clean Eating: What You Can & Cannot Eat
Instead, as a health coach, I advise my clients to focus on eating clean. Of course it is a form of detox, as you are getting rid of unhealthy foods ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
3
Cat-Eye Clean-Up: How to Fix Winged Liner for the Eyeliner Impaired
Save yourself the Q-tips and stress spent striving for beauty perfection. Cat-eye clean-up is done and done with some strategic planning and a ... «E! Online, Jul 15»
4
Kasukuwere vows to clean-up Harare mess
Speaking to ZBC News in Harare yesterday on his new portfolio, Kasukuwere said if the city fathers, especially in Harare, do not clean up the ... «Nehanda Radio, Jul 15»
5
Preserve pure, clean flavors: from farmers markets to chefs' freezers
“I know it's such a cool and hip thing right now,” Verica said of the clamor over traditionally fermented foods, “but for me, I want pure clean ... «The Seattle Times, Jul 15»
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Federal plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay upheld
The federal plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay survived a court challenge Monday that threatened to delay a 2025 goal for finishing the ... «USA TODAY, Jul 15»
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An Award-Winning Dallas Agency That Knows How to Clean Up a …
Professional sports referees don't have a great reputation. So when the National Basketball Referees Association was looking for an image ... «Adweek, Jul 15»
8
Clean water pact: Protect Lake Erie
Through Clear Water Inc.'s efforts and those of others, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act in 1972. Now, a half-century later, a group ... «Toledo Blade, Jul 15»
9
Why a congresswoman started cooking — and 'eating clean' — at 47
An hour before midnight on a recent Wednesday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was carefully positioning roasted Brussels sprouts, fresh ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
10
Jose Aldo returns clean drug test result after controversy in Brazil
Featherweight champion Jose Aldo may not be fighting at UFC 189, but the results of his controversial drug test administered in Brazil in June ... «FOXSports.com, Jul 15»

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