rinse

verb
\ ˈrin(t)s How to pronounce rinse (audio) , dialectal ˈrench \
rinsed; rinsing

Definition of rinse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cleanse by flushing with liquid (such as water) often used with out rinse out the mouth
2a : to cleanse (as of soap) by clear water
b : to treat (hair) with a rinse
3 : to remove (dirt or impurities) by washing lightly or in water only

rinse

noun

Definition of rinse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of rinsing
2a : liquid used for rinsing
b : a solution that temporarily tints hair

Other Words from rinse

Verb

rinser noun

Synonyms for rinse

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of rinse in a Sentence

Verb I rinsed my face in the sink. He washed the dishes and then rinsed them thoroughly. The tools were rinsed in alcohol. She rinsed the dirt off the lettuce. He rinsed the soap out of the cup. Noun She dunked the dish in the rinse water. Use sanitizing rinse on the scissors. a bottle of hair rinse See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then, ring out the vinegar, thoroughly rinse the clean kitchen sponge in warm water and let dry. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2022 When ready to cook, gently rinse with cold water and pat dry. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 Don’t rinse dishes before loading them into the washer. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 When your head feels perfectly clean, rinse off the shampoo with warm water. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 In a large tight-mesh strainer, rinse the rice under cold running water until the water runs almost clear. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2022 To prevent the growth of bacteria and other germs, rinse your sponge after every use. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 16 May 2022 Or, rinse it out, and put it in your recycling bin. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 12 May 2022 For best results, rinse the rice until the water runs clear. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Remove the plastic wrap, rinse, and gently scrub the spot with a soft cloth. Caitlin Sole, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 Thoroughly rinse lentils in clear water and drain off any excess liquid. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 26 July 2022 Clean the aerators with an old toothbrush, rinse and reinstall by turning counterclockwise. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, 2 July 2021 Rub the baking soda gently with your fingers to remove the stains, rinse and buff dry. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2022 Rub the glasses with a plastic scrubber, rinse and dry well by hand. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Through mini-games, users go through a five-step process of learning how to inspect, rinse, bread, rack and pressure-fry the world-famous chicken. Stephen Baer, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Her ask-rinse-repeat loop is reminiscent of a small child learning to socialize — a process that tests even the most doting caretaker’s patience — rather than an adult peer. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Their skins are thin and unobtrusive, so all that’s needed is a good rinse and scrub. Hana Asbrink, Bon Appétit, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rinse

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rinse

Verb

Middle English rincen, from Anglo-French rincer, alteration of Old French recincier, from Vulgar Latin *recentiare, from Latin recent-, recens fresh, recent

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“Rinse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rinse. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for rinse

rinse

verb
\ ˈrins How to pronounce rinse (audio) \
rinsed; rinsing

Kids Definition of rinse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to wash lightly with water Rinse out your mouth.
2 : to remove (something) with clean water I rinsed soap off the dishes.

rinse

noun

Kids Definition of rinse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of washing with a liquid and especially with clean water
2 : a liquid used for rinsing

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