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English noun: wash

1. wash (artifact) a thin coat of water-base paint

Broader (hypernym)water-base paint

Narrower (hyponym)blackwash, calcimine, color wash, colour wash, whitewash

2. wash (act) the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)

Synonymslavation, washing

Broader (hypernym)work

Narrower (hyponym)ablution, bathing, dishwashing, laundering, rinse, soak, soaking, washing-up, washup, washup, window-washing

Part holonymrinse, rinsing

3. wash (object) the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)

Synonymsdry wash

Broader (hypernym)creek bed, streambed

Domain regionWest, western United States

4. wash (process) the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)

SamplesFrom the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water.


Broader (hypernym)soil erosion

Narrower (hyponym)rain-wash

5. wash (phenomenon) the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

Synonymsairstream, backwash, race, slipstream

Broader (hypernym)flow

6. wash (artifact) a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other

Synonymswash drawing

Broader (hypernym)water-color, water-colour, watercolor, watercolour

7. wash (artifact) garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering

Synonymslaundry, washables, washing

Broader (hypernym)garment, household linen, white goods

8. wash (act) any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out

SamplesAt the end of the year the accounting department showed that it was a wash.

Broader (hypernym)business activity, commercial activity

Domain usagecolloquialism

English verb: wash

1. wash (contact) clean with some chemical process

ExamplesThey wash the cape


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)process, serve, swear out

Narrower (hyponym)elute

Verb grouplaunder, wash, wash, wash, wash away, wash off, wash out

2. wash (body) cleanse (one's body) with soap and water

ExamplesThey wash , They wash themselves


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)clean, cleanse

Narrower (hyponym)gargle, hush, rinse, scrub, scrub up, shampoo, sponge down

Verb groupwash

3. wash (contact) cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

SamplesWash the towels, please!.

ExamplesThey wash the cape


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clean, make clean

Narrower (hyponym)acid-wash, cradle, hand-wash, handwash, machine wash, machine-wash, powerwash, pressure-wash, rinse, rinse off, stone-wash, stonewash, suds, wash out, water-wash

Verb grouprinse, wash, wash

4. wash (motion) move by or as if by water

SamplesThe swollen river washed away the footbridge.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Verb groupwash

5. wash (stative) be capable of being washed

SamplesDoes this material wash?.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb grouplaunder, wash

6. wash (stative) admit to testing or proof

SamplesThis silly excuse won't wash in traffic court.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)stand

7. wash (contact) separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)separate

Narrower (hyponym)pan, pan off, pan out

Entailrinse, rinse off

Verb grouprinse, wash

8. wash (contact) apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover

Narrower (hyponym)whitewash

9. wash (change) remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent

SamplesHe washed the dirt from his coat.
The nurse washed away the blood.
Can you wash away the spots on the windows?.
He managed to wash out the stains.

Synonymswash away, wash off, wash out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Verb grouprinse, wash, wash out

10. wash (change) form by erosion

SamplesThe river washed a ravine into the mountainside.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)eat away, erode, fret

Verb groupwash

11. wash (change) make moist

SamplesThe dew moistened the meadows.

Synonymsdampen, moisten

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)wet

Narrower (hyponym)baste, humidify, moisturise, moisturize

12. wash (change) wash or flow against

SamplesThe waves laved the shore.

Synonymslap, lave

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)flow

13. wash (body) to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking

SamplesThe cat washes several times a day.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)clean, cleanse

Verb grouplave, wash

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