rinse

1 of 2

verb

ˈrin(t)s How to pronounce rinse (audio)
 dialectal  ˈrench
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

rinse

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noun

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

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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Verb
Plus, the air conditioner is easy to maintain: remove the filter twice a month and rinse it under running water before sliding it back into the machine. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 The beans are rinsed of the solution, dried, then roasted. James Powel, USA TODAY, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rinse 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rinse was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rinse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rinse. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

rinse

1 of 2 verb
rinsed; rinsing
1
a
: to wash lightly with water
rinse out your mouth
rinse the apple before you eat it
b
: to clean off with clear water the soap left over from washing
rinse the dishes
2
: to treat (hair) with a rinse
rinser noun

rinse

2 of 2 noun
1
: an act of rinsing
2
a
: liquid used for rinsing
b
: a solution that temporarily tints hair

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