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starch

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Nutrition, Cooking, Biology, Chemistry
starchstarch1 /stɑːtʃ $ stɑːrtʃ/ noun 🔊 🔊 1 [countable, uncountable]DFN a substance which provides your body with energy and is found in foods such as grain, rice, and potatoes, or a food that contains this substance syn carbohydrate 🔊 He eats a lot of starch. 🔊 Avoid fatty foods and starches.2 [uncountable]DFC a substance that is mixed with water and is used to make cloth stiff
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starchStarches such as potatoes are a necessary part of most good diets.Baked stuffed potatoes are an indulgent starch.They are preferable to many sauces traditionally thickened with roux or other starches.At this stage the fruit is hard and one quarter starch.Easy-cook rice is par-boiled to remove the surface starch that causes the problems when cooking other long grain rices.What I wan na do is load this kid up with all the starch he can take.The starch in her collar had gone limp with the soaking.
Related topics: Clothes & fashion, Cleaning
starchstarch2 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 DCDHCto make cloth stiff, using starch 🔊 a starched tablecloth Grammar Starch is usually passive.
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starchHis shirt was so white that it must have been starched.It advertised a character of fastidious and correct nature, some one whose collars would be uncomfortably starched.These shirts need to be starched and ironed.An older woman whose hair and dress were folded and starched leading a younger woman flushed with inexpert embarrassment.
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Verb table
starch
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theystarch
he, she, itstarches
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theystarched
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave starched
he, she, ithas starched
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad starched
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill starch
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have starched
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam starching
he, she, itis starching
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you, we, theyare starching
Past
I, he, she, itwas starching
you, we, theywere starching
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been starching
he, she, ithas been starching
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been starching
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be starching
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been starching
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