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rinse

verb \ ˈrin(t)s , dialectal ˈrench \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of rinse

rinsed; rinsing
transitive verb
1 : to cleanse by flushing with liquid (such as water) often used with out
  • rinse out the mouth
2 a : 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

rinser

noun

Examples of rinse in a Sentence

  1. I rinsed my face in the sink.

  2. He washed the dishes and then rinsed them thoroughly.

  3. The tools were rinsed in alcohol.

  4. She rinsed the dirt off the lettuce.

  5. He rinsed the soap out of the cup.

Recent Examples of rinse from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rinse

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

rinse Synonyms


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rinse

noun

Definition of rinse

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

Examples of rinse in a Sentence

  1. She dunked the dish in the rinse water.

  2. Use sanitizing rinse on the scissors.

  3. a bottle of hair rinse

Recent Examples of rinse from the Web

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First Known Use of rinse

1837


RINSE Defined for English Language Learners

rinse

verb

Definition of rinse for English Language Learners

  • : 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


rinse

noun

Definition of rinse for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RINSE Defined for Kids

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rinse

verb \ ˈrins \

Definition of rinse for Students

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

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rinse

noun

Definition of rinse for Students

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


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