\ 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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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

Mai begins by massaging Burt’s Bees Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin into her skin, leaving it on for a few minutes, and then rinsing it off with lukewarm water to open up her pores. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Watch Ella Mai’s Five-Minute Guide to Sensitive Skin Care," 6 Feb. 2019 The texture is moderately creamy, yet gritty without being abrasive — yep, even on dry skin — and after rubbing it in circular motions and rinsing it off, my arms already feel noticeably smoother. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Skinfix's Renewing Body Scrub & Cream Combo Is the Most Effective Keratosis Pilaris Treatment I've Ever Used," 27 Aug. 2018 Remove the Shaving Cream Once the color has set, rinse your eggs directly under the tap, using your hands to help remove the cream. Country Living, "How to Make Shaving Cream Easter Eggs for Your Most Colorful Holiday Yet," 15 Mar. 2019 Along with the sauteed red pepper, mix 1½ tablespoons minced anchovies (about 9 medium-small fillets, preferably oil packed), ¼ cup capers, rinsed and chopped, and ½ cup chopped fresh parsley into the ground lamb. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 One person will set the table, another will clear the table, and one of us will rinse the dishes and put them in the dishwasher. Maxwell Losgar, Bon Appetit, "Yara Shahidi on the Family Meals Worth Deferring College For," 1 Mar. 2018 Wash thoroughly with the soap (and shampoo) provided, then rinse completely (the washcloth, too), and tidy up your shower area. Hanya Yanagihara, Town & Country, "The Transporting Daily Ritual of the Japanese Evening Bath," 8 Dec. 2017 Fold one 15-oz can of white beans (rinsed) and cook until heated through, for about 3 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Vegetarian Fried Rice," 15 Feb. 2019 These foods are notorious for causing tarnishing—sometimes extreme—if not rinsed soon after using. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 For all other hair colors, lemon-drop rinses are a great thing in between tinting sessions to keep hair shiny and vibrant. Jessica Prince Erlich, Harper's BAZAAR, "Secrets to Gorgeous Hair Color," 14 Nov. 2016 When all else fails, Leatherwood recommends using an ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment, which repairs breakage on sight or a rice water rinse to stop shedding and smooth out your cuticles. Lara Adekola, Teen Vogue, "How to Grow Your Natural Hair," 2 Jan. 2019 Kayaks are virtually maintenance-free and are easily cleaned with a quick rinse of fresh water. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "You Should Try Kayak Fishing," 16 Nov. 2018 This lather-rinse-and-repeat cycle is especially useful at moments when there is other bad news to obfuscate. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The faulty legal logic behind Trump’s birthright citizenship proposal.," 31 Oct. 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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