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



    BrE BrE//ˈwɒʃɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːʃɪŋ//
    , NAmE//ˈwɔːʃɪŋ//
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  1. 1  the act of cleaning something using water and usually soap a gentle shampoo for frequent washing I do the washing (= wash the clothes) in our house. see also brainwashing
  2. 2  (British English) clothes, sheets, etc. that are waiting to be washed, being washed or have just been washed a pile of dirty washing Would you hang the washing out (= hang it outside to dry)?
  3. Extra examples A line of washing fluttered in the breeze. After a thorough washing, I cut up the stalks and florets. Can you hang the washing out? Have you got any pegs so I can hang the washing out? I have quite a bit of hand washing to do. I have some washing to do today. piles of dirty washing shampoo for frequent washing
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: washing