American English

Definition of wash noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//wɔʃ//
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  1. 1[countable] clothes that need to be cleaned, or clothes that have just been cleaned I'm doing a dark wash (= washing all the dark clothes together). Your shirt's in the wash (= being washed or waiting to be washed). My sweater shrank in the wash. Please put the wash in the dryer.
  2. 2[countable] an act of cleaning something using water and usually soap My hair color shouldn't have faded so much after only two washes. see also car wash
  3. 3the wash [singular] an area of water that has waves and is moving a lot, especially after a boat has moved through it; the sound made by this The dinghy was rocked by the wash of a passing ferry. They listened to the wash of waves on the beach. Seagulls hovered above the wash of the trawler.
  4. 4[countable] a thin layer of a liquid, especially paint, that is put on a surface The walls were covered with a pale yellow wash. see also whitewash
  5. 5[countable, uncountable] a liquid containing soap, used for cleaning your skin an antiseptic skin wash see also mouthwash
  6. 6a wash (informal) a situation that stays the same because bad and good factors are equal Our earnings are up, but so are our costs, so it's a wash.
  7. Idioms
      it will (all) come out in the wash (informal)
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    1. 1used to say that the truth about a situation will be made known at some time in the future
    2. 2used to make someone less anxious by telling them that any problems or difficulties will be solved in the future
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wash