wash - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] the process of washing someone or something

    These trousers need a wash.

    After a few washes the colour faded.

    give something a wash:

    I’ll give my hair a quick wash before we go.

    1. a.

      the wash

      clothes that are being washed, or the process of washing clothes
      in the wash:

      Did you put the duvet in the wash?

  2. 2
    [singular] the flowing movement of water in the sea

    the wash of a passing boat

    1. a.
      the sound of water flowing in the sea
  3. 4
    [countable] a thin layer of something such as colour or light

    The last wash of sunlight shone through the clouds.