scour

If you're going to scour those dishes, you'll need a sponge and some strong soap. To scour also means to examine something very, very closely. Looking for a job? Scour those classified ads!

When you scour something with your eyes, you examine or search it very closely. If you can't find the math homework you finished on Saturday, you'll have to spend some time on Sunday scouring your room until you find it. When you scour something with your hands, you scrub it very hard — often with a brush or pad — until the surface is spotless. For example, to remove the graffiti from the wall outside the restaurant, you'll have to scour it by hand, probably for hours.

Definitions of scour
  1. verb
    rub hard or scrub
    scour the counter tops”
    synonyms: abrade
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    type of:
    rub
    move over something with pressure
  2. verb
    rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid
    synonyms: flush, purge
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    type of:
    rinse, rinse off
    wash off soap or remaining dirt
  3. verb
    clean with hard rubbing
    synonyms: scrub
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    types:
    holystone
    scrub with a holystone
    type of:
    rub
    move over something with pressure
  4. noun
    a place that is scoured (especially by running water)
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    type of:
    place, spot, topographic point
    a point located with respect to surface features of some region
  5. verb
    examine minutely
    “The police scoured the country for the fugitive”
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    type of:
    look for, search, seek
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
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