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verb wash pronunciation in British English /wɒʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theywash
he/she/itwashes
present participlewashing
past tensewashed
past participlewashed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to clean something, usually with soap and water
    I’ve got to wash the car.
    a freshly washed shirt
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to clean a part of your body, usually with soap and water
      Wash your hands before you touch the food.
      He washed and dressed quickly.
  2. 2
    [transitive] if the sea washes an object somewhere, it carries it there
    washed ashore: Some very strange things get washed ashore here.
    1. a.
      literary if the sea 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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