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 rain water 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.
Content related to wash
Words nearby wash
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
Definition for wash out (2 of 2)
Origin of washout
British Dictionary definitions for wash out (1 of 3)
- erosion of the earth's surface by the action of running water
- a narrow channel produced by this erosion
- a total failure or disaster
- an incompetent person
British Dictionary definitions for wash out (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for wash out (3 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
Medicine definitions for wash out
Idioms and Phrases with wash out (1 of 2)
Remove or be removed by washing; also, cause to fade by laundering. For example, Give it to me; I'll wash out that stain, or The bleach has really washed out that bright print. [Mid-1700s]
Wear away or be worn away by the flow of water, as in The river rose and washed out the dam, or The road has completely washed out. [Mid-1700s]
Deplete or be depleted of energy, as in Working on her feet all day just washed her out, or I just washed out after that long tennis match. [Mid-1800s]
Eliminate or be eliminated as unsatisfactory, as in He washed out of medical school after just one year, or After only two months as chairman I washed out. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
Cancel owing to bad weather, as in The picnic was washed out. [Colloquial; early 1900s] Also see washed out.
Idioms and Phrases with wash out (2 of 2)
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