scrub

When you scrub something, you wash it forcefully. You might scrub your dirty bathtub with a brush and some bleach, for example.

When you scrub your floor, you use elbow grease — in other words, you work hard to get the floor clean. You might need to scrub your fingernails after a morning working on your car's engine, rubbing with a nail brush to get the grease off. Word experts think that scrub comes from the Middle Low German word schrubben, which also means "to scrub."

Primary Meanings of scrub

1.
vn
wash thoroughly
the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
2.
v
postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
3.
n
dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
4.
adj
(of domestic animals) not selectively bred
Full Definitions of scrub
1

v wash thoroughly

“surgeons must scrub prior to an operation”
Synonyms:
scrub up
Type of:
lave, wash
cleanse (one's body) with soap and water

v clean with hard rubbing

“She scrubbed his back”
Synonyms:
scour
Types:
holystone
scrub with a holystone
Type of:
rub
move over something with pressure

n the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water

Synonyms:
scouring, scrubbing
Types:
mopping, swabbing
cleaning with a mop
Type of:
cleaning, cleansing, cleanup
the act of making something clean
2

v postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

“we had to scrub our vacation plans”
Synonyms:
call off, cancel, scratch
3

n dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes

Synonyms:
bush, chaparral
Type of:
botany, flora, vegetation
all the plant life in a particular region or period
4

adj (of domestic animals) not selectively bred

Synonyms:
unimproved
not made more desirable or valuable or profitable; especially not made ready for use or marketing

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