Other forms: sponges; sponging; sponged

A sponge has holes and soaks up liquid. One kind of sponge is a water-dwelling animal with a soft body and an asymmetrical shape. But the kind of sponge you use to clean the kitchen is usually man-made.

The sponge in the kitchen or bath looks a bit like the kind that grows in the ocean, porous and soft. Originally, those sponges were made from dried sea sponge, but it's more common these days for them to be manufactured. If you absorb knowledge or information easily, people may call you a sponge. And if you live off someone else's generosity, taking handouts and giving nothing in return, you sponge off of them.

Definitions of sponge
  1. noun
    primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
    synonyms: parazoan, poriferan
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    glass sponge
    a siliceous sponge (with glassy spicules) of the class Hyalospongiae
    Venus's flower basket
    a deep-water marine sponge having a cylindrical skeleton of intricate glassy latticework; found in the waters of the East Indies and the eastern coast of Asia
    type of:
    any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
  2. noun
    a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used
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    absorbent, absorbent material
    a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance
  3. noun
    someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily
    “she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge
    synonyms: quick study
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    assimilator, learner, scholar
    someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs
  4. noun
    a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
    synonyms: leech, parasite, sponger
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    a person who accepts the leadership of another
  5. verb
    wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
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    type of:
    pass over, wipe
    rub with a circular motion
  6. verb
    erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
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    type of:
    efface, erase, rub out, score out, wipe off
    remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
  7. verb
    soak up with a sponge
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    type of:
    mop, mop up, wipe up
    to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
  8. verb
    ask for and get free; be a parasite
    synonyms: bum, cadge, grub, mooch
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    live off somebody's generosity
    type of:
    come into possession of
  9. verb
    gather sponges, in the ocean
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    type of:
    collect, garner, gather, pull together
    assemble or get together




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