\ˈrin(t)s, 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



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

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Other Words from rinse


rinser noun

Synonyms for rinse

Synonyms: Verb

flush, irrigate, sluice, wash, wash out

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Examples of rinse in a Sentence


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.


She dunked the dish in the rinse water. Use sanitizing rinse on the scissors. a bottle of hair rinse
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Make falafel: Place drained and rinsed garbanzo beans in a large bowl. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "YMCA farm-themed camps teach where food comes from," 3 July 2018 Additionally, avoid swallowing water when swimming, rinse off in the shower before entering the water and take children on bathroom breaks often. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "CDC warns pools, hot tubs and water parks are hotbed for disease outbreaks," 22 May 2018 Turn it over to use the clean side, then rinse in a bucket of clean water and repeat. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Grout Tile," 11 Feb. 2015 As with any raw vegetable, rinse the peppers first. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Shishito peppers: Saute, roast, grill them. (Don't worry about seeds)," 5 June 2018 Blanch spinach 30 seconds, then drain and rinse under cold water. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Comfort Food That Brings the Whole Table Together," 9 May 2018 Could that rinse water be recycled from the wash process? Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Is salty water reused in car washes?," 4 Mar. 2018 If hogweed sap gets into the eyes, rinse them with water immediately, put on sunglasses, and contact your health care provider. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Giant hogweed, plant that causes blindness and third-degree burns, discovered in Virginia," 18 June 2018 To ease your pet's discomfort, rinse out the toxins immediately. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "They show up in your yard after it rains. And they can kill your dog.," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From a cold rinse face mask to a pink cheek tint, these 11 products will leave you cool, calm, and collected throughout July—and beyond. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Cooling Beauty Products That Beat the Heat," 7 July 2018 Shaq suggests that when the tank gets to the halfway point, Kenny should put in $20 worth of gas, rinse and repeat. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Shaq has an insane theory about filling up your tank," 27 Apr. 2018 Then, refill the sink with clean water for the first rinse. Jolie Kerr, Town & Country, "How to Keep Your Lilly Pulitzer Clothes Looking Great All Summer Long," 16 June 2017 Ketchup: Working from the back of the stain, rinse well with cold water. Christina Peterson, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Stains from the 4th of July Barbecue," 8 July 2011 Eighteen seconds after that, rinse and repeat, another Freeman foul, another missed free throw by Azubuike. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Bill Self let down Udoka Azubuike and Kansas’ team | The Kansas City Star," 23 Jan. 2018 For a show that has often risked repetitiveness—the gang gets a break, then either gets screwed over or self-sabotages, rinse and repeat—this felt like a crucial season. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Best TV Shows Of 2017," 29 Dec. 2017 Breaking out the garden hoses The main kitchen floor, where much food has dropped during the course of the evening, gets a rinse. star-telegram, "A day in the life of Joe T. Garcia's," 11 July 2018 Bazzi has DJs and producers around the country cooking up cool rinses for his biggest hits. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 5 Best Bazzi Remixes," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of rinse


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rinse


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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English Language Learners Definition of rinse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to wash (something) with clean water and without soap

: to wash (something) with a liquid other than clean water

: to remove (something) from an object by washing the object with clean water



English Language Learners Definition of rinse (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of washing something with a liquid and especially with clean water

: liquid that is used for rinsing something

: a dye that you put on your hair to change its color for a short time


\ˈrins \
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.



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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