\ 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

Or technicians can rinse plant cells off of plants in a process called decellularization and repopulate the cellulose framework that’s left behind with animal cells. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 Cook rinsed off hands in three-compartment sink, dried hands with dish rag then continued stirring food on stove. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Expired salsa, potato salad, ham and habanero sauce among violations in this week's restaurant inspections," 26 June 2019 Despite his steep salary rinsing Sunderland, Rodwell didn't answer the call in their time of need. SI.com, "6 Footballers Who Had Their Reputations Ruined by One Bad Career Move," 22 June 2019 When cooked, rinse the water, and cool the rice by spreading it. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Quartz’s tip for India-Pakistan match: Rustic desi spirits with dishes from the other side," 16 June 2019 Carefully rinse the vinegar off of the eggs and pat dry before continuing. 2. Country Living, "How to Make Shaving Cream Easter Eggs for Your Most Colorful Holiday Yet," 15 Mar. 2019 Aggressively rinse out mayonnaise, peanut butter jars and other containers with food with soap and a sponge, said Suzanna Caldwell at Solid Waste Services. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How to recycle like a pro in Anchorage," 7 June 2019 After two months, dig up your underpants, rinse off the soil and share your results using the hashtag #ClackSWCDBriefs. oregonlive.com, "Bury those tighty whities to test garden soil’s health," 5 June 2019 Three-quarters are unaware that not rinsing and drying items puts them at risk of contaminating everything else in bins. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan wants to double recycling rates with $2M campaign kickoff," 23 Apr. 2019

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, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Absurdist telenovela ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a singular treat," 27 June 2019 The mood board showed sprigs of very pale lilacs, and Mrs. Slocombe in a candy pink rinse, but Ott looked carefully at photographs of me at the fitting, scrutinized my eyes, and wondered if a washed out green wouldn’t be the way to go? Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Explains the Inspiration Behind His Sea Foam-Green Met Gala Hair," 8 May 2019 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

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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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