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Meaning & Definition of Wash in English

English

Wash

/wɑʃ/

noun

1. A thin coat of water-base paint

    synonym:
  • wash

2. The work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)

    synonym:
  • wash
  • ,
  • washing
  • ,
  • lavation

3. The dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)

    synonym:
  • wash
  • ,
  • dry wash

4. The erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)

  • "From the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water"
    synonym:
  • washout
  • ,
  • wash

5. The flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

    synonym:
  • slipstream
  • ,
  • airstream
  • ,
  • race
  • ,
  • backwash
  • ,
  • wash

6. A watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other

    synonym:
  • wash
  • ,
  • wash drawing

7. Garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering

    synonym:
  • laundry
  • ,
  • wash
  • ,
  • washing
  • ,
  • washables

8. Any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out

  • "At the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash"
    synonym:
  • wash

verb

1. Clean with some chemical process

    synonym:
  • wash
  • ,
  • rinse

2. Cleanse (one's body) with soap and water

    synonym:
  • wash
  • ,
  • lave

3. Cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

  • "Wash the towels, please!"
    synonym:
  • wash
  • ,
  • launder

4. Move by or as if by water

  • "The swollen river washed away the footbridge"
    synonym:
  • wash

5. Be capable of being washed

  • "Does this material wash?"
    synonym:
  • wash

6. Admit to testing or proof

  • "This silly excuse won't wash in traffic court"
    synonym:
  • wash

7. Separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)

    synonym:
  • wash

8. Apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to

    synonym:
  • wash

9. 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"
    synonym:
  • wash
  • ,
  • wash out
  • ,
  • wash off
  • ,
  • wash away

10. Form by erosion

  • "The river washed a ravine into the mountainside"
    synonym:
  • wash

11. Make moist

  • "The dew moistened the meadows"
    synonym:
  • moisten
  • ,
  • wash
  • ,
  • dampen

12. Wash or flow against

  • "The waves laved the shore"
    synonym:
  • lave
  • ,
  • lap
  • ,
  • wash

13. To cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking

  • "The cat washes several times a day"
    synonym:
  • wash

Examples of using

Go wash up before dinner.
My job is to wash the dishes.
Tom almost never forgets to wash his hands before eating.