wash1 W3S1 [wɔʃ US wo:ʃ, wa:ʃ] v
1¦(wash something)¦
2¦(wash yourself)¦
4 something doesn't/won't wash (with somebody)
5 wash your hands of something
6 wash your mouth out!
7 wash well
Phrasal verbs
 wash something<=>away
 wash something<=>down
 wash off
 wash out
 wash over somebody
 wash up
[: Old English; Origin: wascan]
to clean something using water and a type of soap
This shirt needs washing.
It's your turn to wash the dishes .
2.) ¦(WASH YOURSELF)¦ [I and T]
to clean your body with soap and water
Amy washed and went to bed.
She had a hot bath and washed her hair.
I'm just going to wash my hands.
wash yourself
When a cat has finished eating, it usually washes itself.
3.) ¦(FLOW)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
if a river, sea etc washes somewhere, or if something carried by the river or sea is washed somewhere, it flows or moves there
The waves washed against the shore.
The sea washed over her.
The young man was washed overboard (=pushed from a boat into the sea by the force of the water) in the storm.
The body was washed ashore (=brought to the shore by waves) .
4.) sth doesn't/won't wash (with sb)
spoken used to say that you do not believe or accept someone's explanation, reason, attitude etc
I'm sorry but all his charm just doesn't wash with me.
5.) wash your hands of sth
to refuse to be responsible for something any more
I've washed my hands of the whole affair.
6.) wash your mouth out!
spoken old-fashioned used to tell someone who has just sworn or said something rude that they should not have spoken that way
7.) wash well
to be easy to clean using soap and water
Silk doesn't wash well.
wash/air your dirty linen/laundry (in public) atdirty1 (7)
wash away [wash sth<=>away] phr v
1.) if water washes something away, it carries it away with great force
Floods in Bangladesh have washed hundreds of homes away.
2.) to get rid of unhappy feelings, thoughts, or memories
My anxiety was washed away.
wash down [wash sth<=>down] phr v
1.) to clean something large using a lot of water
Can you wash down the driveway?
2.) to drink something with or after food or with medicine to help you swallow it
wash something<=>down with
steak and chips washed down with red wine
wash off phr v
1.) wash sth<=>off
to clean dirt, dust etc from the surface of something with water
2.) if a substance washes off, you can remove it from the surface of something by washing
Will this paint wash off?
wash out phr v
1.) wash sth<=>out
to wash the inside of something quickly
I'll just wash out this vase for flowers.
2.) if a substance washes out, you can remove it from a material by washing it
a dye that won't wash out
3.) be washed out
if an event is washed out, it cannot continue because of rain
The summer fair was washed out by the English weather.
wash over [wash over sb] phr v
1.) if a feeling washes over you, you suddenly feel it very strongly
A feeling of relief washed over her.
2.) if you let something wash over you, you do not pay close attention to it
She was content to let the conversation wash over her.
wash up phr v
1.) BrE to wash plates, dishes, knives etc
2.) AmE to wash your hands
Go wash up before dinner.
3.) wash sth<=>up
if waves wash something up, they carry it to the shore
wash something<=>up on
His body was washed up on the beach the next morning.
wash 2
wash2 n
1¦(act of cleaning)¦
6¦(area of land)¦
7 it will all come out in the wash
1.) ¦(ACT OF CLEANING)¦ [C usually singular]
an act of cleaning something using soap and water
Those jeans need a good wash (=a thorough wash) .
I'll just have a quick wash before we go out.
2.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦ [singular, U]
clothes that are to be washed, are being washed, or have just been washed
You'd better put that shirt in the wash .
Do you need me to put another wash on?
3.) ¦(SKIN)¦
a liquid used to clean your skin
an anti-bacterial facial wash
4.) ¦(BOAT)¦
the wash
the movement of water caused by a passing boat
The wash of a large motorboat rocked the little dinghy.
5.) ¦(COLOUR)¦
a very thin transparent layer of paint or colour
6.) ¦(AREA OF LAND)¦
the wash
the area of land that is sometimes covered by the sea
7.) it will all come out in the washspoken
a) used to tell someone not to worry about a problem because it will be solved in the future
b) used to say that the truth about something will be known in the end

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