\ 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 outrinse 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

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Synonyms: Verb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When finished, just rinse the moisture- and germ-resistant medical-grade silicone funnel off and go about your merry, empty-bladdered way. Jayla Andrulonis, Health.com, "This $13 Gadget Makes It Possible to Pee Anywhere," 9 July 2020 Simply rinse a soft washcloth in cold water or dip it in ice water, then hold it against your lips. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Sunburned Lips: The Best Ways to Soothe and Heal Them, According to Dermatologists," 2 July 2020 Drain the macadamia nuts and rinse with fresh water. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Buck Naked Kitchen: How an indigenous Canadian upbringing inspired this healthy cookbook," 1 July 2020 Pour in the beans, liquid and all, then pour the stock into the can of beans to help loosen any stuck beans and rinse the rest of the liquid out of the can; pour it into the pan. cleveland, "Chili, the way you like it, is the easiest route to dinner," 1 July 2020 After each use, compost your coffee grounds, rinse the filter, and hang it up to dry. Popular Science, "Essentials for a more eco-conscious kitchen," 11 Sep. 2019 After applying, massage it into a lather and rinse it out. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses are the Easy At-Home Treatment Your Hair Needs," 16 June 2020 To clean, rinse the pads in cold water and then place them in a washing machine with an all-natural detergent. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Products to reduce the amount of garbage in your life," 16 June 2020 Freeze time, punch ghosts in the chest, rip their ghost-hearts out, rinse and repeat. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Sony reveals the PlayStation 5 and trailers for Horizon, Gran Turismo, Spider-Man and more," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For stubborn stains, brush with a toothbrush and rinse. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Photograph Fido on this special day for pets," 11 July 2020 Star San is a no-rinse sanitizer that is totally safe for humans when diluted properly. Parker Hall, Wired, "Everything You Need To Make Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead," 11 July 2020 That way abstraction can rise again, rinsed of dominance, a blue rinse for the tradition, little star. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, "The Rose," 6 July 2020 In a fine-mesh strainer, rinse quinoa several times. Jennifer G. Wolcott, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a pandemic summer, picnicking ‘nurtures the soul’," 1 July 2020 Drain, rinse, and toss with a bit of olive oil to prevent from sticking. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Chrissy Teigen shares her favorite recipes for the Fourth of July," 1 July 2020 Water only helps transform those molecules to sulfuric acid — that’s part of why your fingers will sometimes smell even worse after a quick rinse. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: How to get garlic stink off your hands," 27 June 2020 After wetting your hair, apply this rinse directly onto your scalp. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses are the Easy At-Home Treatment Your Hair Needs," 16 June 2020 Simply work it into washed strands from root to tip, set for 10 minutes, and rinse. Marissa Miller, USA TODAY, "15 products that help keep hair healthy before your next cut," 2 June 2020

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

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24 Jul 2020

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“Rinse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rinse. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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