wash

Definitions of wash
  1. verb
    clean with some chemical process
    synonyms: rinse
    wash away, wash off, wash out
    remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
    launder
    cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
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    elute
    wash out with a solvent, as in chromatography
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    process, serve, swear out
    deliver a warrant or summons to someone
  2. verb
    cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
    Wash the towels, please!”
    synonyms: launder
    rinse
    clean with some chemical process
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    water-wash
    wash with water
    wash out
    wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt
    powerwash, pressure-wash
    wash before painting to remove old paint and mildew
    suds
    wash in suds
    rinse, rinse off
    wash off soap or remaining dirt
    cradle
    wash in a cradle
    stone-wash, stonewash
    wash with stones to achieve a worn appearance
    hand-wash, handwash
    wash or launder by hand instead of with a machine
    machine wash, machine-wash
    wash by machine
    acid-wash
    wash with acid so as to achieve a bleached look
    flush, purge, scour
    rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid
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    clean, make clean
    make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
  3. verb
    cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
    synonyms: lave
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    sponge down
    wash with a sponge
    scrub, scrub up
    wash thoroughly
    gargle, rinse
    rinse one's mouth and throat with mouthwash
    shampoo
    use shampoo on (hair)
    hush
    wash by removing particles
    condition
    apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny
    type of:
    clean, cleanse
    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
  4. verb
    to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking
    “The cat washes several times a day”
    Synonyms:
    lave
    cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
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    clean, cleanse
    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
  5. verb
    remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
    “he washed the dirt from his coat”
    “The nurse washed away the blood”
    “Can you wash away the spots on the windows?”
    “he managed to wash out the stains”
    synonyms: wash away, wash off, wash out
    rinse
    clean with some chemical process
    wash out
    wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  6. verb
    be capable of being washed
    “Does this material wash?”
    Synonyms:
    launder
    cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  7. noun
    the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
    synonyms: lavation, washing
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    bathing, washup
    the act of washing yourself (or another person)
    ablution
    the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
    dishwashing, washup
    the act of washing dishes
    washing-up
    the washing of dishes etc after a meal
    window-washing
    the activity of washing windows
    rinse
    washing lightly without soap
    soak, soaking
    washing something by allowing it to soak
    laundering
    washing clothes and bed linens
    shower, shower bath
    washing yourself by standing upright under water sprayed from a nozzle
    bath
    you soak and wash your body in a bathtub
    sponge bath
    you wash your body with a sponge or washcloth instead of in a bathtub
    Turkish bath, steam bath, vapor bath, vapour bath
    you sweat in a steam room before getting a rubdown and cold shower
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    work
    activity directed toward making or doing something
  8. noun
    garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
    synonyms: laundry, washables, washing
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    garment
    an article of clothing
    household linen, white goods
    drygoods for household use that are typically made of white cloth
  9. verb
    wash or flow against
    synonyms: lap, lave
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    flow
    cover or swamp with water
  10. verb
    move by or as if by water
    “The swollen river washed away the footbridge”
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  11. verb
    make moist
    synonyms: dampen, moisten
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    humidify, moisturise, moisturize
    make (more) humid
    baste
    cover with liquid before cooking
    hydrate
    cause to be hydrated; add water or moisture to
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    wet
    cause to become wet
  12. verb
    form by erosion
    “The river washed a ravine into the mountainside”
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    eat away, erode, fret
    remove soil or rock
  13. verb
    separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
    Synonyms:
    rinse
    clean with some chemical process
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    pan, pan off, pan out
    wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals
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    separate
    divide into components or constituents
  14. noun
    the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)
    synonyms: washout
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    rain-wash
    the washing away of soil or other loose material by rain
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    soil erosion
    the washing away of soil by the flow of water
  15. verb
    apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
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    whitewash
    cover with whitewash
    calcimine
    cover with calcimine
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    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  16. noun
    a thin coat of water-base paint
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    blackwash
    a wash that colors a surface black
    calcimine
    a water-base paint containing zinc oxide and glue and coloring; used as a wash for walls and ceilings
    color wash, colour wash
    a wash of whitewash or other water-base paint tinted with a colored pigment
    whitewash
    wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
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    water-base paint
    paint in which water is used as the vehicle
  17. noun
    the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
    synonyms: dry wash
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    creek bed, streambed
    a channel occupied (or formerly occupied) by a stream
  18. noun
    the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
    synonyms: airstream, backwash, race, slipstream
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    flow
    any uninterrupted stream or discharge
  19. noun
    a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other
    synonyms: wash drawing
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    water-color, water-colour, watercolor, watercolour
    a painting produced with watercolors
  20. noun
    any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out
    “at the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash
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    business activity, commercial activity
    activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
  21. verb
    admit to testing or proof
    “This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court”
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    stand
    be in effect; be or remain in force
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