\ 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



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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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Be sure to clean and rinse out any bottles and containers before tossing them in the bin. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to know about recycling in Milwaukee, including how to dispose of electronics, plastic bags and batteries," 5 May 2021 The sprayer is controlled by a dial that turns it off or to rinse or clean mode. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "I’m Practically Walking Into My Windows After Treating Them with This Outdoor Spray Cleaner," 30 Apr. 2021 Haas sparked a minor tempest in a spit bucket in early April with a Twitter thread advising winery visitors not to rinse their glasses with water between tastes. Washington Post, "Reservations, contact tracing and social distance: What to expect at reopened wineries," 16 Apr. 2021 Work the lather through the brush hairs then rinse well, squeeze out the remaining water and allow to air-dry. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: No phone is on the way," 16 Apr. 2021 Leave this mask on for two-five minutes and then rinse. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Most Hydrating Hair Masks to Nourish Your Dry, Damaged Strands," 31 Mar. 2021 When the stain is gone, rinse the garment, rub in a bit more liquid laundry detergent and wash as usual. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, "How to Easily Remove Pen Ink From Clothes," 29 Mar. 2021 Perhaps that's why there aren't any products in the shower — this weak flow couldn't possibly rinse them off. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "What Is Going On With Kylie Jenner’s Water Pressure?," 20 Jan. 2021 Do not rinse the chiles; a few black specks left behind is fine. Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, "An elevated riff on traditional chile verde," 16 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pull the husks from the tomatillos and rinse to remove sticky residue. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The whole enchilada: Recipes as good as you’ll get at your favorite Mexican restaurant," 11 May 2021 NuMe ambassador and colorist Devin Rahal recommends using a vinegar rinse instead of your usual shampoo and conditioner. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "The Coolest Rainbow Hair Color Ideas To Try This Summer," 7 May 2021 Use an unscented dish soap and rinse thoroughly to make sure there's no unpleasant soap residue. Star Tribune, "Cats can be picky drinkers," 7 May 2021 Place the mussels in a colander and rinse well with cold water. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Satisfying bowls of mussels with lots of lemon juice and garlic toasts take very little prep," 4 May 2021 Between shampoos, rinse and condition with René Furterer Complexe 5 Detoxing Oil. Akili King, Vogue, "How Stress Affects Your Scalp—And What to Do About It," 4 May 2021 Drain pasta and rinse under cold water; drain very well and transfer to a large bowl. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "It's almost time for pasta salads: Here are 4 ways to make them more healthful," 24 Apr. 2021 Afterwards, rinse with warm water, squeeze out any excess water, and lay flat on a counter with the head of the brush hanging off the edge, so that it's suspended in the air. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "How Often Should You Be Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes? Here's the Gross Truth," 30 Apr. 2021 Drain and rinse thoroughly under cold running water to stop the cooking. Washington Post, "Spicy pork and soba noodles deliver sweet, salty and crunchy in one filling dish," 27 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Rinse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rinse. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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 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.



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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