\ 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

Next, pour a kettle of boiling water down the sink to rinse. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Mom-Approved Household Hacks," 17 July 2019 According to the affidavit, Cockrell made the woman take a shower to rinse off all the blood. Natalya Daoud, Cincinnati.com, "Man charged for assaulting a woman with a semi-automatic handgun," 13 July 2019 Detention officers didn’t always allow youths to rinse their eyes and skin after being sprayed, forcing at least one child to do so in a toilet, according to the inspector general’s report. Maya Lau, latimes.com, "Plan to phase out pepper spray this year at L.A.'s juvenile halls hits a potential snag," 25 June 2019 Be sure to rinse at least three times, again with hot water. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Backyard," 10 May 2019 Keurig recommends then carefully using a paperclip to clear away any debris lodged in the needles clogging before rinsing. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Keurig Coffee Maker the Right Way," 12 July 2018 Courtesy of Recon Campers The Envy also has a 10-gallon freshwater tank, a 5-gallon grey water tank, water heater, and an outdoor shower to rinse off. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Pop-top camper van fits in your garage and sleeps a family," 12 July 2018 Using two Burrito Supremes, one beef soft taco, one large Sierra Mist soda, packets of hot sauce and parsley, Trinidad carefully extracted the burrito and taco stuffing and mixed it in a bowl before rinsing each tortilla and steaming to soften. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Fast Food Items Turned Into Fancy Dishes," 2 Nov. 2010 Swimmers who may inadvertently have been exposed to affected water should rinse off with fresh water, and the same goes for pets that may have been exposed. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, "What is red tide?," 13 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a large saucepan of unsalted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water; drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "3 ways to boost nutrition of pasta salads," 26 July 2019 Remove noodles to a colander, and rinse in cool water to chill. Eric Velasco, al.com, "How to make two no-cook, Asian-inspired summer meals," 23 July 2019 When time's up, use a damp wash cloth to wipe away the mask and your leg hair with it, then rinse. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "I Tried Nair’s New Hair-Removal Masks — Here’s What Happened," 15 July 2019 Cook the noodles until just al dente, drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking, then toss with half the dressing in a medium bowl. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Salad Ramen Is the Only Dinner We Want When the Temp Gets Above 80 Degrees," 12 July 2019 Remove garlic with slotted spoon and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Washington Post, "Hot summer months calls for a mix of pesto and pasta," 8 July 2019 And there’s only so much a quick rubdown or rinse can do erase hours of body surfing and sandcastle building. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Moms Love This Trick for Cleaning Sandy Beach Feet," 1 July 2019 Scoop out with a strainer and rinse under cold water until cool; set aside. 2. Leigh Belanger, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Toss soba noodles with sugar snaps, cukes, carrots, and radishes in this cool summer salad," 24 June 2019 Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together ½ tablespoon tahini, ½ tablespoon rice vinegar and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Drain noodles and rinse under cold water. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Win the Weekday Lunch Game," 30 Aug. 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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