Definition of wash noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɒʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɑːʃ//
    , NAmE//wɔːʃ//
    Travelling by boat or ship
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] (especially British English) an act of cleaning somebody/something using water and usually soap These towels are ready for a wash. I'll just have a quick wash before dinner. The curtains could do with a good (= thorough) wash. 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. That blouse shouldn't look like that after only two washes. see also car wash
  2. 2the 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. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  3. 3[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
  4. 4[countable, uncountable] a liquid containing soap, used for cleaning your skin an antiseptic skin wash see also mouthwash
  5. Word OriginOld English wæscan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wassen, German waschen, also to water.Extra examples I’m doing a dark wash. That car could do with a good wash. This will all come out in the wash. Your shirt’s in the wash. I’ll just have a quick wash before dinner. That blouse shouldn’t look like that after only two washes.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 somebody less anxious by telling them that any problems or difficulties will be solved in the future
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