\ˈrin(t)s, 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

Try an oil-free, non-comedogenic cleanser to rinse away oils and dead skin cells (try: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser). Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Acne — and How to Get Rid of It," 4 Dec. 2018 Then, spritz or sponge with cold water to rinse and blot until dry. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Absolutely Everything," 19 Nov. 2018 The star of new Amazon series Homecoming expected the dye to rinse out immediately, but soon found out otherwise. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Julia Roberts Has Rose Pink Hair Now and Looks Completely Different," 6 Nov. 2018 Divide mixture among the ramekins, pouring any remaining custard mixture into the ramekins, then cover each with foil. Pour 1 cup water into the pressure cooker (no need to rinse) and place a steam rack in the pot. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Savory Bread Pudding," 16 Aug. 2018 Use a damp cloth to rinse, and then dry with a clean cloth. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Jam, jelly … what's the difference?," 11 July 2018 Slice white and pale-green parts into ¼-inch rounds and rinse thoroughly. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Leek Soup Recipe Is Also the Best," 29 Oct. 2018 Of course, carb rinsing alone cannot sustain players for an indefinite period. New York Times, "That Spitting Thing at the World Cup? It’s Probably ‘Carb Rinsing’," 11 July 2018 Vegetable slicer washed and rinsed without sanitizing. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Restaurant with no sneeze guard on salsa bar among this week's violations," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While the heat from an evening shower may feel phenomenal on a chilly day, Marchbein advises to limit rinse time to five minutes or less and to use warm—not hot—water, which only adds to surface dehydration. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Preventing Dry Skin—From a Top Dermatologist," 26 Oct. 2018 Available accessories include a quilted liner, access ramp, carrier, spill-resistant bowl, and portable rinse system, which is designed to help clean a dog who's gotten muddy. Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "This Luxury Auto Brand Is Making Traveling with Your Dogs Easier," 24 Aug. 2018 Then, using a clean scrub sponge, wipe and rinse the oven thoroughly with warm water. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Clean Your Oven With Supplies You Already Have," 17 Sep. 2018 Despite the clear benefit of fluoride, some studies have also challenged the belief that fluoridated drinking water stops dental decay as well as fluoride toothpaste or rinses. Jeff Donn, The Seattle Times, "Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste," 7 Aug. 2018 Juice of 1/2 lime Pinch crushed red pepper flakes, for garnish (optional) Trim the leaves, with an inch or two of stems, from the radishes and rinse well to remove any grit. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "When radish meets crab and heat, a mellow vibe happens | Charlotte Observer," 20 Mar. 2018 The shoes are completely machine washable, so Meghan can give them a quick rinse, then slip them right back on for the rest of her travel destinations. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Rothy's Flats Filled With Sand at Melbourne Beach," 18 Oct. 2018 Drain pasta and rinse under very cold water; set aside. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Rev up pasta salad season with one packed with nutrients," 10 June 2018 Aim for under 140 mg of sodium or less per serving or rinse canned beans in a colander before using them. Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Always Have Black Beans on Your Grocery List," 7 May 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 \
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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