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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wosh, wawsh]
    • /wΙ’Κƒ, wΙ”Κƒ/
    • /wΙ’Κƒ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wosh, wawsh]
    • /wΙ’Κƒ, wΙ”Κƒ/

Definitions of wash word

  • verb with object wash to apply water or some other liquid to (something or someone) for the purpose of cleansing; cleanse by dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing in water or some other liquid. 1
  • verb with object wash to remove (dirt, stains, paint, or any matter) by or as by the action of water (usually followed by out, off, etc.): to wash grime out of clothing. 1
  • verb with object wash to free from spiritual defilement or from sin, guilt, etc.: to be washed whiter than the snow. 1
  • verb with object wash to bathe, wet, or moisten with water or other liquid: a meadow newly washed with morning dew. 1
  • verb with object wash to flow through, over, or against: a shore or cliff washed by waves. 1
  • verb with object wash to carry, bring, remove, or deposit (something) by means of water or any liquid, or as the water or liquid does (often followed by up, down, or along): The storm washed the boat up on the shore. A sailor was washed overboard. 1

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Origin of wash

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English washen (v.), Old English wascan (cognate with Dutch wasschen, German waschen, Old Norse vaska) < Germanic *watskan, equivalent to *wat- (root of water) + *-sk- v. suffix + *-an infinitive suffix

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Wash


wash popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wash usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wash

noun wash

  • stain β€” a discoloration produced by foreign matter having penetrated into or chemically reacted with a material; a spot not easily removed.
  • tint β€” a color or a variety of a color; hue.
  • rinse β€” to wash lightly, as by pouring water into or over or by dipping in water: to rinse a cup.
  • suffusion β€” to overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc.
  • coloring β€” The coloring of something is the color or colors that it is.

adjective wash

  • true β€” being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false: a true story.
  • on target β€” that is or may be a target or goal: The target group consisted of college graduates who earned more than $50,000 a year.
  • sure enough β€” free from doubt as to the reliability, character, action, etc., of something: to be sure of one's data.
  • sure-enough β€” real; genuine.
  • undesigning β€” not characterized by underhand schemes or selfish motives; without an ulterior design.

verb wash

  • clean β€” Something that is clean is free from dirt or unwanted marks.
  • sponge down β€” to wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth
  • wash down β€” to apply water or some other liquid to (something or someone) for the purpose of cleansing; cleanse by dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing in water or some other liquid.
  • cleanse β€” To cleanse a place, person, or organization of something dirty, unpleasant, or evil means to make them free from it.
  • sluice β€” an artificial channel for conducting water, often fitted with a gate (sluice gate) at the upper end for regulating the flow.

Antonyms for wash

verb wash

  • dehydrate β€” When something such as food is dehydrated, all the water is removed from it, often in order to preserve it.
  • dry β€” free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet: a dry towel; dry air.
  • dirty β€” soiled with dirt; foul; unclean: dirty laundry.
  • ignore β€” to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.

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