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verb (used with object),rinsed, rins·ing.
  1. to wash lightly, as by pouring water into or over or by dipping in water: to rinse a cup.

  2. to douse or drench in clean water as a final stage in washing.

  1. to remove (soap, dirt, etc.) by such a process (often followed by off).

  2. to use a rinse on (the hair).

  1. an act or instance of rinsing.

  2. the water used for rinsing.

  1. any preparation that may be used on the hair after washing, especially to tint or condition the hair.

  2. an act or instance of using such a preparation on the hair.

Origin of rinse

1300–50; Middle English ryncen<Middle French rincer,Old French recincier<Vulgar Latin *recentiāre to make new, refresh, equivalent to Latin recent- (stem of recēns) fresh, recent + connective -i- + -āre infinitive suffix

Other words from rinse

  • rins·a·ble, rinse·a·ble, adjective
  • rins·a·bil·i·ty, rinse·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • pre·rinse, verb (used with object), pre·rinsed, pre·rins·ing.
  • prerinse, noun
  • un·rinsed, adjective

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How to use rinse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rinse


/ (rɪns) /

  1. to remove soap from (clothes, etc) by applying clean water in the final stage in washing

  2. to wash lightly, esp without using soap: to rinse one's hands

  1. to give a light tint to (hair)

  1. the act or an instance of rinsing

  2. hairdressing a liquid preparation put on the hair when wet to give a tint to it: a blue rinse

Origin of rinse

C14: from Old French rincer, from Latin recens fresh, new

Derived forms of rinse

  • rinsable or rinsible, adjective
  • rinsability or rinsibility, noun
  • rinser, noun

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