- 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.
- 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.
Idioms about 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
Other definitions for wash (2 of 3)
Other definitions for wash (3 of 3)
How to use wash in a sentence
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
Christian is the son of Mexican immigrants whose father works at a car wash and mother works at McDonalds.Forget the Kids Who Can’t Get In; What About Those Who Don’t Even Apply?|Jonah Edelman|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First up is the larger wash still, its capacity ranging from 25,000 to 30,000 liters.
But since the government has now permitted the River God to leave the U.K., that excuse can no longer wash.Britain Has Lost Its Marbles: Elgin Loan Will Appease Putin|Geoffrey Robertson|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Brush the pastry with egg wash and sprinkle with fleur de sel and pepper.
He stood before the glass hung above the wash bench and 369 smoothed his hair.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Why, he ordered his chamber-maid to bring him some soap and warm water, that he might wash the sour krout off his hands.
Then said Nqong from his bath in the salt-pan, "Come and ask me about it to-morrow, because I'm going to wash."Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
On the wash-stand a spangled white tulle hat lay drowning in a basin half full of water.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
Shiv steered into the wash room, and the doors dropped back into place.
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
Other 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