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Sponge Up

Definition of the verb sponge up

What does sponge up mean as a doing phrase?


  1. absorb as if with a sponge
    • example: sponge up the spilled milk on the counter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Carla was vacuuming
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Source] [Adjective]Carla shoveled the walk clean
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique]Carla mopped under the furniture

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): file, filter, hoover, iron, plough, sandpaper, sponge, towel.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: absorb / draw / imbibe / soak up / sop up / suck / suck up / take in / take up = take in, also metaphorically

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sponge Up

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Google previewA New Rotuman Dictionary (1998)

An English-Rotuman Wordlist by Elizabeth Kafonika Makarita Inia

fanika sponge up fo sponge with fo'aki sponge: brownish soft ~ (Serpulorbis squamigerus) ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

drink in, suck up, blot up, take in, sponge up, incorporate, assimilate, ingest, digest, imbibe, embody, swallow, consume.

Google previewThe Million Word Crossword Dictionary (2010)

by Stanley Newman, Daniel Stark

consume, drink in, engross, enthral, get into, immerse, inthral, involve, swallow 8 enthrall, interest, inthrall, sponge up 9 apprehend, captivate, entertain, fascinate, latch onto, preoccupy, swallow up 10 assimilate, comprehend, monopolize, ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

tramp, vagrant sponge up absorb sponging bathing, cadging, clean(s)ing, disinfecting, laundering, purging, purifying, rinsing, scrounging, scrubbing, soaking, soaping, swabbing, washing spongy sweetmeat marshmattow sponsor advocate, ...

Google previewNew American Roget's College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (Revised &Updated) (2002)

by Philip D. Morehead

draw, extract, absorb, pull in, sponge up; pump; nurse, suckle ...

Google previewThe Students' Dictionary of Medicine and the Allied Sciences (1896)

Comprising the Pronunciation, Derivation, and Full Explanation of Medical Terms, Together with Much Collateral Descriptive Matter, Numerous Tables, Etc. ... by Alexander Duane

test, a test made by drawing a hot sponge up and down the spine, when, if inflammation or other cause producing irritation is present, pain is excited as the s. passes over the site of the trouble. Spongiform (spun'jee-fawrm). [L. forma, shape.] ...

Google previewThe American Illustrated Medical Dictionary (1906)

hot sponge up and down the spine: if any lesion of the spine is present, pain is felt as the sponge passes over its locality. Station-t. A test for disturbances of cofirdination made by placing the patient in an erect posture, with the heels and toes ...

Google previewThe Random House Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (1995)

by Random House, Stephen Elliott

soak up, suck up 7 discuss, drink in 8 consider, continue, sponge up, talk over 9 cultivate. swallow UP Tales oi Mettmann, The taking a siesta 6 dozing 7 napping 8 snoozing 10 taking a nap 18 catching lorty winks ...

Google previewA feejeean and english dictionary: with examples of common and peculiar modes of expression, and uses of words (1850)

by Hazlewood

to sponge up oil with the uruuru. See Uruuru. Sakosako, .n. a native pudding (sako'd) pounded with a stick. Saku-ta, v. to moku-ta on the head ; to knock on the head. Saku vakanamara, scalped ; having the skull cap knocked off ...

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