- 1whitewash something to cover something such as a wall with whitewash
- 2whitewash somebody/something (disapproving) to try to hide unpleasant facts about someone or something; to try to make something seem better than it is His wife had wanted to whitewash his reputation after he died.
NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɑʃ//, NAmE//ˈwaɪtwɔʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whitewash
,he / she / it whitewashes
,past simple whitewashed
,-ing form whitewashing