verb washes, washed, washing
- 1. To cleanse someone or something with water or other liquid, and usually soap or detergent.
- Thesaurus: clean, cleanse, bathe, soak, scrub, scour, wipe, clean up.
2. To cleanse oneself, or one's hands and face, with water, etc.
- Thesaurus: take a bath, take a shower, freshen up.
3. Said of a fabric or dye: to withstand washing without change or damage.
tr & intr
4. Said of dirt or a stain: to be removed, or remove it, through washing.
- Form: wash off (usually)
- Form: wash out
- Form: wash something off
5. Said of an animal: to lick (itself or its young, etc) clean.
6. To moisten or wet (eg an injured part).
7. Said of a river, the sea, waves, etc: to flow against or over (a place or land feature, etc).
- Form: wash against something (usually)
- Form: wash over something
9. To cover (a surface, eg a wall) with a thin layer of metal.
10. In watercolour painting: to cover (paper) with a thin layer of watery paint or ink.
- To stand the test; to bear investigation.
- Example: That excuse just won't wash
- Thesaurus: be plausible, be reasonable, be convincing, stand up to examination, hold water.
- To separate (ore) from earth with a flow of water.
- To spread over something.
- 1. The process of washing or being washed.
2. This process undertaken by a laundry.
3. A quantity of clothes, etc for washing, or just washed.
- Thesaurus: laundry, soiled clothing, washing.
- Thesaurus: current, eddy, surge, flow, lapping, wave, gush, spurt.
6. A lotion or other preparation for cleansing or washing.
- Example: facewash
- A thin application of water colour.
- Said of a mark or stain, etc: to disappear after washing.
To turn out satisfactorily, or become intelligible, in the end.
- To abandon responsibility for it or them.
- Thesaurus: abdicate responsibility for, have nothing to do with, give up, leave to one's own devices, lose patience with.
Phrasal Verb: wash something away
- To remove it by washing.Said of flowing water: to carry it off by force.
- Said of a liquid: to carry something downwards; to wash it away.To wash it from top to bottom.To ease (a pill) down one's throat, or accompany or follow (food), with a drink.
- To wash the dishes and cutlery after a meal.