from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To subject to brainwashing.
- n. The process or an instance of brainwashing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An effect upon one's memory, belief, or ideas.
- v. To affect one's mind by using extreme mental pressure or any other mind-affecting process. (i.e. hypnosis)
- v. To take from an electronically controlled machine its stored-up information; to erase a computer's programming. (1960)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. to persuade completely.
- v. to to indoctrinate forcibly or by means of torture, or by constant psychological pressure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. persuade completely, often through coercion
- v. submit to brainwashing; indoctrinate forcibly
Back-formation from brainwashing.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A calque of the Chinese 洗脑 (Pinyin: xǐ năo), literally "to wash the brain". Usage via U.S. military during Korean War. (Wiktionary)