\ 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 outrinse 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

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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 After applying, massage it into a lather and rinse it out. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses are the Easy At-Home Treatment Your Hair Needs," 16 June 2020 To clean, rinse the pads in cold water and then place them in a washing machine with an all-natural detergent. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Products to reduce the amount of garbage in your life," 16 June 2020 Freeze time, punch ghosts in the chest, rip their ghost-hearts out, rinse and repeat. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Sony reveals the PlayStation 5 and trailers for Horizon, Gran Turismo, Spider-Man and more," 11 June 2020 Save yourself a lot of work and don’t rinse the berries. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How to Freeze Fresh Blueberries," 4 June 2020 When cleaning fresh produce, rinse only with clean water, the CDC advised. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "CDC report on COVID-19 cleaning practices finds some gargling with bleach. That's very dangerous.," 5 June 2020 When freezing most fruits and vegetables, the instructions usually tell you to rinse and dry the produce first. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How to Freeze Fresh Blueberries," 4 June 2020 If your vision is blurry, rinse your eyes with water. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "These Are the Effects of Tear Gas on the Human Body," 2 June 2020 Once your solution is properly mixed, soak your face mask in the mixture for five minutes, and then rinse it thoroughly with cool or room temperature water. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "How To Wash Your Cloth Face Mask," 31 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Water only helps transform those molecules to sulfuric acid — that’s part of why your fingers will sometimes smell even worse after a quick rinse. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: How to get garlic stink off your hands," 27 June 2020 After wetting your hair, apply this rinse directly onto your scalp. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses are the Easy At-Home Treatment Your Hair Needs," 16 June 2020 Simply work it into washed strands from root to tip, set for 10 minutes, and rinse. Marissa Miller, USA TODAY, "15 products that help keep hair healthy before your next cut," 2 June 2020 Boil water in a medium saucepan, add ramps, boil for 20 seconds, drain and rinse with cold water. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Fresh food ahead: Northeast Ohio CSAs do it all for you," 21 Apr. 2020 Thoroughly rinse any tools or equipment used to apply these products. oregonlive, "Maintaining a moss-free roof takes some effort," 17 Feb. 2020 Drain the noodles, rinse with cold water, drain again and transfer to a large bowl. Washington Post, "Cold Tahini Noodles With Vegetables," 4 Feb. 2020 Thoroughly rinse and dry parsley and remove from stems before chopping. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Armenian food means history, survival and family. So does her grandma's tabbouleh recipe," 20 Apr. 2020 Wirecutter, a New York Times company that reviews and recommends products, likes Soak, which is a no-rinse formula, for hand-washing. Jolie Kerr, New York Times, "How to Clean Your Child’s Stuffed Toys," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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“Rinse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rinse. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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