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[dee-grees, -greez] /diˈgris, -ˈgriz/
verb (used with object), degreased, degreasing.
to remove grease, oil, or the like, from, especially by treating with a chemical.
Origin of degrease
1885-90; de- + grease
Related forms
degreaser, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for degrease
  • degrease then gently bolt together a stack of new double-edged razor blades.
  • No, not the moist, lemony towelette you use to degrease your fingers after gnawing on hot wings.
  • degrease engines only in facilities where wash water is appropriately treated and discharged to the sanitary sewer.
  • Cold cleaning degreasers range in size from bench-top units used to degrease small metal parts to industrial-sized cold cleaners.
  • Clean and degrease the face of metal panels using methods recommended by the retroreflective sheeting manufacturer.
  • To degrease a particularly greasy specimen, such as a marine mammal, you may have to bury it.
  • degrease the bond length of the tendon prior to installation.
  • Both are commonly used to degrease manufacturing equipment.
  • If necessary, sharpen the edges with a file and degrease the bone by simmering it in a pan of water with a little dish soap.
  • Disposal of solvents used to degrease nuclear fuel target elements.
British Dictionary definitions for degrease


(transitive) to remove grease from
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