- 1. sponge, absorbent material, absorbent
- usage: 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
- 2. quick study, sponge, learner, scholar, assimilator
- usage: someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily; "she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"
- 3. leech, parasite, sponge, sponger, follower
- usage: a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
- 4. sponge, poriferan, parazoan, invertebrate
- usage: primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
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- 1. sponge, wipe, pass over
- usage: wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
- 2. mooch, bum, cadge, grub, sponge, obtain
- usage: ask for and get free; be a parasite
- 3. sponge, erase, rub out, score out, efface, wipe off
- usage: erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
- 4. sponge, wipe up, mop up, mop
- usage: soak up with a sponge
- 5. sponge, gather, garner, collect, pull together
- usage: gather sponges, in the ocean
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