\ 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

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

Nevertheless, rinsing the undercarriage with saline solution is better than allowing the buildup of salt to eat away at your Edsel. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Readers urge for clarification on salt water in car washes," 25 Mar. 2018 The smell of pet urine can build up, so just rinse your lawn with grass to clean it. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Lay Artificial Grass," 2 Nov. 2016 Traditionally, hammams have been in domed rooms clad in mosaic tiles, complete with stone slabs for laying down and cisterns of water for rinsing and keeping cool. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Public-Bathhouse Design Comes to Luxury Homes," 19 July 2018 And by all means, get a hand shower, which is the best accessory for rinsing your hair, your child, or your dog, and for cleaning out the tub. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Designing Two Bathrooms With Colorful, Retro Tile," 9 May 2014 After rinsing the sink, sprinkle it with baking soda or powder cleanser, scrub with a nylon sponge and rinse well. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 When rinsing the stripper and cleaner, Barr suggests using a garden hose—and steering clear of pressure washers. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Staining a Deck," 1 Apr. 2019 To do this, simply apply it and rinse the same way as a regular face cleanser. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the New Manuka Honey Brand that Belongs in Every Pantry," 13 Aug. 2018 Just look for lower-sodium options (140 milligrams or less of salt per serving), canned in water when possible, and drain and rinse before eating. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "11 Grocery Shopping Mistakes That Are Wrecking Your Diet," 9 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And in perhaps the blackly funniest, set in a car at night, two killers are ambushed, their killers argue over what proclamation to leave, then that duo is killed by a new pair of armed and disjointed radicals — rinse, repeat. Robert Abele, latimes.com, "Review: Raúl Ruiz’s absurdist telenovela ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a singular treat," 6 June 2019 Finish the can, open up the Fizzics, pop in a new one, rinse, and repeat. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "This Machine Makes Canned Beer Taste Like Draft," 17 Mar. 2019 In fact, Cruz recommends that your final rinse should be with cold water, which closes the hair cuticle to add shine. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "9 Mistakes That Are Making Your Hair Look Greasy," 25 Mar. 2019 The rinse seems to counteract fatigue and enhances attention to a task, said David Ferguson, an assistant professor of exercise physiology at Michigan State. New York Times, "That Spitting Thing at the World Cup? It’s Probably ‘Carb Rinsing’," 11 July 2018 Look for no-rinse products, although some experts say that washing with warm water is the best way to clean them. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 Use a scrub sponge to remove debris and rinse well. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Coffee Maker, According to Cleaning Experts," 4 Mar. 2019 Finally, lather up your pup with your favorite dog shampoo, rinse, and towel dry. Janine M. Kahn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Do When Your Dog Rolls in Disgusting Stuff, According to Vets," 5 Sep. 2018 Wash jars with hot soapy water and rinse in hot water. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 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 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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