Definition of 'vacuum'
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It is true that football is not a product like a vacuum cleaner. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I think we try to do it all partly because it's us who notices when the carpet needs vacuuming or the fridge needs cleaning. The Sun (2016)The only problem is my vacuum cleaner is on the blink. The Sun (2014)There was a vacuum in his life. Christianity Today (2000)Rarely has a power vacuum been so dangerous. Times, Sunday Times (2008)What they need in outer space is a great big vacuum. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Japan does not live in a political vacuum any more than we do. Preventing World War III - A Realistic Grand Strategy (1988)But propping the head of a vacuum cleaner against a wall can also work well. Times, Sunday Times (2006)There is increasing talk of power struggles as potential successors jostle to fill the apparent vacuum. Times, Sunday Times (2011)More useful is the help it provides vacuuming carpet. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Lots of people injure themselves with vacuum cleaners. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The vacuum of space is unlikely to have its own scent. The Sun (2008)He blamed a political power vacuum for the present crisis. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Nature and politics abhor a vacuum. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Keep vacuuming regularly, particularly the soft furnishings around where the cats sleep. Times, Sunday Times (2007)You can't continue to leave a political vacuum. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Companies that have officially raised concerns include the vacuum cleaner giant Dyson. Times, Sunday Times (2013)We still felt the vacuum in our lives, but ready or not, life goes on. The Other Side of MeSo it's important to vacuum regularly, keeping the skin scales as well as the dust mite at bay. Eczema Relief - the comprehensive self-help plan (1990)As opposition MPs scrambled to fill the power vacuum, there was weary disbelief on the streets rather than jubilation. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Synonyms of 'vacuum'
vacuum cleaner, Hoover, vac
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Translations for 'vacuum'
British English: vacuum /ˈvækjʊəm/ VERB
If you vacuum something, you clean it using a vacuum cleaner.
It's important to vacuum regularly.
I vacuumed the carpets today.
- American English: vacuum
- Arabic: يُنَظِّفُ بـِمِكْنَسَةٍ كَهْرَبَائِيَّة
- Brazilian Portuguese: aspirar
- Chinese: 真空吸尘
- Croatian: usisavati
- Czech: luxovat
- Danish: tomrum
- Dutch: vacuüm
- European Spanish: pasar la aspiradora
- Finnish: imuroida
- French: passer l’aspirateur
- German: staubsaugen
- Greek: σκουπίζω με ηλεκτρική σκούπα
- Italian: passare l’aspirapolvere
- Japanese: 電気掃除機で掃除する
- Korean: 진공청소기로 청소하다
- Norwegian: støvsuge
- Polish: próżnia
- European Portuguese: aspirar
- Romanian: a aspira
- Russian: вакуум
- Spanish: pasar la aspiradora
- Swedish: vakuum
- Thai: ดูดฝุ่น
- Turkish: vakum
- Ukrainian: пилососити
- Vietnamese: hút bụi
British English: vacuum NOUN
If someone or something creates a vacuum, they leave a place or position which then needs to be filled by another person or thing.
The collapse of the army left a vacuum in the area.
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