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noun 
  1. (countable) Any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum Porifera, that have a porous skeleton often of silica
  2. (countable) A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic)
  3. (uncountable) A porous material such as sponges consist of
  4. (informal) A heavy drinker
  5. (countable, uncountable) A light cake
  6. (countable, uncountable, UK) A type of steamed pudding
  7. (slang) A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge)
Translations: 
  • Dutch: spons
  • French: éponge
  • German: Schwamm
  • Italian: spugna
  • Spanish: esponja
verb (spong, ing)
  1. (slang) To take advantage of the kindness of others.
He has been sponging off his friends for a month now.
  1. To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.
Translations: 
  • German: schnorren
    (trans-mid)
  • Spanish: cafichear, gorronear
    (trans-bottom)

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