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  1. wash
    IPA[wäSH]
  2. verb

    • 1. clean with water and, typically, soap or detergent:

      I stripped and washed myself all over
      Synonym : clean, cleanse, sponge, scrub, wipe, scour, lave, clean, cleanse, sponge, scrub, mop, hose down, squeegee, sluice (down), swill (down), douse, swab (down), flush, disinfect, launder, clean, rinse (out), dry-clean, lave, shampoo, lather, clean
    • 2. clean oneself, especially one's hands and face with soap and water.

      Synonym : clean oneself, have a wash, wash oneself, bathe, bath, shower, have a bath/shower, take a bath/shower, soak, douche, freshen up, wash up, perform one's ablutions, make one's toilet
    • 3. (with reference to a stain or dirt) remove or be removed by cleaning with water and detergent:

      they have to keep washing the mold off the walls all that hate can't wash away the guilt the dirt on his clothes would easily wash out
      Synonym : remove by washing, sponge off, scrub off, wipe off, rinse off, remove, flush out/away, expunge, eradicate
    • 4. (of fabric, a garment, or dye) withstand cleaning to a specified degree without shrinking or fading:

      a linen-mix yarn that washes well
    • 5. do one's laundry:

      I need someone to cook and wash for me
    • 6. wet or moisten (something) thoroughly:

      you are beautiful with your face washed with rain
    • 7. (of flowing water) carry (someone or something) in a particular direction:

      floods washed away the bridges
    • 8. be carried by flowing water:

      an oil slick washed up on the beaches
    • 9. (especially of waves) sweep, move, or splash in a particular direction:

      the sea began to wash along the decks
    • 10. (of a river, sea, or lake) flow through or lap against (a country, coast, etc.):

      offshore islands washed by warm blue seas
    • 11. sift metallic particles from (earth or gravel) by running water through it.

    • 12. brush with a thin coat of diluted paint or ink:

      the walls were washed with shades of umber
      Synonym : paint, color, apply paint to, tint, highlight, shade, dye, stain, distemper, coat, cover
    • 13. coat inferior metal with (a film of gold or silver from a solution).

    • 14. seem convincing or genuine:

      charm won't wash with this crew
      Synonym : be accepted, be acceptable, be plausible, be convincing, hold up, hold water, stand up, bear scrutiny, stand the test of time, be believable/credible, pass muster, prove true, make sense, stick

    noun

    • 1. an act of washing something or an instance of being washed.

      Synonym : clean, cleaning, cleansing, shower, douche, dip, bath, soak, ablutions, lavation
    • 2. a quantity of clothes needing to be or just having been washed:

      she hung out her Tuesday wash
      Synonym : laundry, washing, dirty washing, dirty clothes, soiled linen, bagwash
    • 3. the disturbed water or air behind a moving boat or aircraft or the sound made by this:

      the wash of a motorboat
      Synonym : backwash, backflow, wake, trail, train, path, churning, disturbance
    • 4. the surging of water or breaking of waves or the sound made by this:

      the wash of waves on the pebbled beach
      Synonym : surge, flow, swell, welling, sweep, undulation, rise and fall, ebb and flow, roll, splash
    • 5. a medicinal or cleansing solution:

      mouth wash
    • 6. a layer of paint or metal spread thinly on a surface:

      the walls were covered with a pale lemon wash
    • 7. silt or gravel carried by a stream or river and deposited as sediment.

    • 8. a sandbank exposed only at low tide.

    • 9. (in the western US) a dry bed of a stream, typically in a ravine, that flows only seasonally.

    • 10. kitchen slops and other food waste fed to pigs.

    • 11. malt fermenting in preparation for distillation.

    • 12. a situation or result that is of no benefit to either of two opposing sides:

      the plan's impact on jobs would be a wash, creating as many as it costs
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: wash, plural noun: washes

    • v.: verb: wash, 3rd person present: washes, gerund or present participle: washing, past tense: washed, past participle: washed

    • abbreviation

      Washington.
    • verb

      clean with water and, typically, soap or detergent:

      clean oneself with soap and water:

    • noun

      an act of washing something or an instance of being washed:

      a quantity of clothes needing to be or just having been washed:

    • abbreviation

      Washington.
    • abbreviation

      Washington (State) (in official postal use).

      Western Australia.

    • noun

      the action of washing oneself or laundering clothes, bed linen, etc.:

      a quantity of clothes, bed linen, etc. that is to be washed or has just been washed:

    • abbreviation

      Washington (State) (in official postal use).

      Western Australia.

    • noun

      the action of washing oneself or laundering clothes, bed linen, etc.:

      a quantity of clothes, bed linen, etc. that is to be washed or has just been washed:

    • noun

      a preliminary wash, especially one performed as part of a cycle in an automatic washing machine.

      a substance applied as a treatment before washing:

    • verb

      give a preliminary wash to (a garment), typically before putting it on sale:
    • noun

      a weak or watery drink:

      insipid or excessively sentimental talk or writing:

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