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wash out

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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywash out
he/she/itwashes out
present participlewashing out
past tensewashed out
past participlewashed out

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [transitive] to wash something quickly, especially the inside of a container

    Don’t you ever wash out your coffee cups?

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a substance washes out of cloth, it can be removed by washing

    Permanent dyes won’t wash out.

    All the colour has washed out of these old curtains.

  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] if rain washes out an event, it prevents it from taking place or from continuing

    It looked like the first game of the season would be washed out.

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