verb (used with object)
- to subject (earth or ore) to the action or force of water in order to separate valuable material.
- to separate (valuable material) in this way.
verb (used without object)
- an upper surface so inclined as to shed rainwater from a building.
- any member of a building having such a surface.
- to clean completely by washing: to wash down a car.
- to facilitate the swallowing of (food or medicine) by drinking water or other liquid: to wash down a meal with a glass of wine.
- to be removed by washing: The stain wouldn't wash out.
- to damage or demolish by the action of water: The embankment was washed out by the storm.
- Informal. to fail to qualify or continue; be eliminated: to wash out of graduate school.
- to become dim, indistinct, or blurred: The face of the watch washes out in sunlight.
- to wash one's face and hands: Aren't you going to wash up? Dinner is almost ready.
- to wash (dishes, flatware, pots, etc.): I'll wash up the dishes, don't bother. We had someone in to wash up after the party.
- to end, especially ignominiously (usually in the passive): After that performance, he's all washed up as a singer.
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Idioms for wash
- to have a good or satisfactory result; turn out eventually: The situation may look hopeless now, but it will all come out in the wash.
- to be revealed; become known.
Origin of wash
OTHER WORDS FROM washpre·wash, noun, verb (used with object)re·wash, verbun·der·wash, verbwell-washed, adjective
Words nearby wash
Definition for wash (2 of 3)
Definition for wash (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for wash
Just wash, press, and frame a sack to add a special touch to any room in your house.
With a capacity of eight place settings, six wash settings, and even a reminder to refill your detergent, it’s a good addition to your kitchen.
Synthetics like polyester and nylon make their way into the environment from washing machines—which pull off and flush microfibers from the fabric—and of course, they also line landfills.Scientists Gene-Hack Cotton Plants to Make Them Every Color of the Rainbow|Jason Dorrier|August 11, 2020|Singularity Hub
Two years prior, they’d said the building could use a power wash and little else.
Their powerful surges of water can uproot trees, topple buildings, carry boats inland and wash away beaches.
A limited edition export stout known as the Indra Kunindra came to wash it down.Dinner at Nitehawk Cinema: ‘Christmas Vacation’ and a Beer in a Pear Tree|Rich Goldstein|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another boy walks around and offers a water jug and basin for everyone to wash their hands.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She details how he, for many years, wanted no one but her to wash, clothe, and feed him.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And so if two candidates are a wash on matters of civil rights, why not go for the guy who is going to cut your taxes?
Get a flu shot, wash your hands, and cover your mouth when you cough.
"You must permit me to wash the wound on your head first," she insisted.Gordon Craig|Randall Parrish
Wash with alcohol until no more colour is discharged and the alcohol runs away clear and colourless.
Wash and stew: Stew or bake from twenty to thirty minutes after thorough washing, being the recognized mode.Boy Scouts Handbook|Boy Scouts of America
Pour off the stain and wash in distilled water until the film presents a pink colour.
With the last of the water in the canteen, he washed her face, he could not wash out the scar of course.The Chalice Of Courage|Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for wash (1 of 3)
- euphemistic to go to the lavatory
- (usually foll by of) to refuse to have anything more to do (with)
- any medicinal or soothing lotion for application to a part of the body
- (in combination)an eyewash
- the technique of making wash drawings
- See wash drawing
Word Origin for wash
British Dictionary definitions for wash (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for wash (3 of 3)
Medical definitions for wash
Idioms and Phrases with wash
In addition to the idioms beginning with wash
- wash down
- washed out
- washed up
- wash one's dirty linen in public
- wash one's hands of
- wash out
- wash up
- come out in the wash
- won't wash