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verb wash pronunciation in American English /wɑʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewashing
past tensewashed
past participlewashed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to clean something, usually with soap and water

    I have to wash the dishes.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to clean a part of your body, usually with soap and water

      Wash your hands before you touch the food.

  2. 2
    [transitive] if the ocean washes an object somewhere, it carries it there
    washed ashore:

    Some very strange things get washed ashore here.

    1. a.
      literary if the ocean washes an area of land, it touches it

      The island’s western shore is washed by the warm waters of the Pacific.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] literary if a feeling washes over or through you, you feel it very strongly and unexpectedly

    She felt anxiety wash over her.

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From the Bible story in which the Roman official, Pontius Pilate, washes his hands to show that he does not want to be responsible for Jesus’s death.

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