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 Dictionary entry overview: What does brainwash mean? 

  The verb BRAINWASH has 2 senses:

1. persuade completely, often through coercion
2. submit to brainwashing; indoctrinate forcibly

  Familiarity information: BRAINWASH used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1brainwash [BACK TO TOP]


Persuade completely, often through coercion

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The propaganda brainwashed many people

Hypernyms (to "brainwash" is one way to...):

persuade (cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They brainwash him to write the letter

Sense 2brainwash [BACK TO TOP]


Submit to brainwashing; indoctrinate forcibly

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Hypernyms (to "brainwash" is one way to...):

indoctrinate (teach doctrines to; teach uncritically)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

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