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wash

 
 
pronunciation:
wash
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun, adjective
phrases:
wash down, wash one's hands of, come out in the wash
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: washed, washes, washing
definition 1: to make clean by immersing in or applying water or other liquid, esp. if soap is also used.
He washed all the cups.
 
synonyms:
clean
similar words:
bathe, cleanse, deterge, flush, launder, lave, mop, rinse, scrub, shampoo, swab, wipe
definition 2: to remove (dirt or other matter) by immersing in water or other liquid, esp. if soap is also used.
She washed the stain out of her shirt.
synonyms:
rinse
similar words:
clean, flush, launder, lave, scrub
definition 3: to transport by means of a moving liquid, esp. water.
The waves wash shells onto the beach.
synonyms:
carry
similar words:
bring, deposit, drive, throw, transport
definition 4: to erode or destroy by the action of moving water.
Rain washed the snowman.
synonyms:
erode, wear
similar words:
consume, destroy, flush, weather
definition 5: to make wet; moisten; drench.
synonyms:
moisten, wet
similar words:
bathe, dampen, douse, drench, saturate, soak, sop
definition 6: to rid of guilt or impurity.
synonyms:
absolve, purify
similar words:
baptize, cleanse, purge, rid
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to clean or bathe oneself.
synonyms:
bathe, shower
similar words:
douche, launder, scrub
definition 2: to clean something in or with water or other liquid.
synonyms:
clean
similar words:
launder, scrub, soak
definition 3: to be capable of being cleaned in or with water without shrinking or fading.
This dress won't wash well.
synonyms:
clean, launder
definition 4: to be carried by the action of moving water.
A pail washed up on the beach.
synonyms:
drift, float
definition 5: to be removed or worn down by the action of moving water (often fol. by away).
The paint on the road washed away in the rain.
synonyms:
erode, wear
similar words:
fade, melt, vanish
definition 6: to flow over; rush against.
The waves washed over the dock.
synonyms:
flow, pour, rush, stream
similar words:
dash, lap, splash, surge, sweep
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phrase: wash down
phrase: wash one's hands of
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or an instance of washing.
He gave the floor a wash.
synonyms:
cleaning
similar words:
bath, laundering, lavage, mopping, rinsing, scrubbing, shampoo, shower
definition 2: things washed or intended to be washed together, esp. laundry.
synonyms:
cleaning, laundry, washing
similar words:
linen
definition 3: the flow, surging, breaking, or other movement of waves of water.
synonyms:
current, flow, tide
similar words:
eddy, rip, ripple, surge, swell, undulation, wave
definition 4: a disturbance in water or air left behind a moving ship or aircraft.
synonyms:
backwash, wake
similar words:
disturbance, track, trail
definition 5: a thin layer spread so as to cover a surface.
similar words:
coat, film, glaze, whitewash
definition 6: the erosion of earth by the action of moving water.
synonyms:
erosion, washout
similar words:
wear, weathering
definition 7: a medicinal fluid.
A soothing wash used to clean a wound.
synonyms:
antiseptic, tincture
similar words:
emollient, emulsion, liniment, medicament, medicine, ointment, preparation, rinse, salve
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phrase: come out in the wash
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: able to undergo washing without shrinking, fading, or becoming damaged; washable.
similar words:
launderable, washable
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  • washable:
    able to be washed in water.
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