toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət \

Definition of toilet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a fixture that consists usually of a water-flushed bowl and seat and is used for defecation and urination
2 : the act or process of dressing and grooming oneself
3 : cleansing in preparation for or in association with a medical or surgical procedure pulmonary toilet
4 archaic : dressing table

toilet

verb
toileted; toileting; toilets

Definition of toilet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to dress and groom oneself
2 : to use the toilet usually used of a child

transitive verb

1 : dress, garb
2 : to help (someone, such as a child or sick person) use the toilet

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Synonyms & Antonyms for toilet

Synonyms: Noun

bath, bathroom, bog [British], can, cloakroom [British], comfort station, convenience [chiefly British], head, john, latrine, lavatory, loo [chiefly British], potty, restroom, washroom, water closet

Synonyms: Verb

apparel, array, attire, bedeck, caparison, clothe, costume, deck (out), do up, dress, dress up, enrobe, garb, garment, get up, gown, habit, invest, rig (out), robe, suit, tog (up or out), vesture

Antonyms: Verb

disarray, disrobe, strip, unclothe, undress, untruss [archaic]

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Examples of toilet in a Sentence

Noun

One of the kids needed to use the toilet. a painting of a woman at her toilet

Verb

the princess required at least a dozen maids to toilet her for formal occasions
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But Beck was at Ailes’s house in Cold Spring, going to the toilet, and noticed that there was a photograph behind the bathroom door. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roger Ailes was “not rational”: Alexis Bloom on her new film about the Fox News founder," 11 Dec. 2018 Bioaerosols are generated in restrooms with every flush of the toilet, and then hand dryers circulate the water droplets around the room. Paul Dawson And Brian Sheldon, WSJ, "The Myths of Microbe-Fighting," 9 Nov. 2018 The poodle statue next to the toilet is a whimsical touch. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Hotels in Houston," 9 Oct. 2018 Camille runs to the bathroom, and slices a massive gash in her arm with a screw from the toilet before nurses run in and try to intervene. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 3," 23 July 2018 The conductor called out over the loudspeaker for medical professionals to help the man as the power to the train went down, knocking out the air conditioning and flush toilets, riders said. Fox News, "Red Sox fan electrocuted after trying to train surf from Yankee Stadium," 21 Sep. 2018 Camille is so traumatized in the moment that her first reaction—after vomiting—is to slash her wrists with a rusty nail from the toilet. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Camille Reckons with the Ghosts of Her Recent Past in Sharp Objects Episode 3," 23 July 2018 Use the toilet as a candy bowl to ensure customers remember services being offered. Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Must trade shows be boring?," 12 July 2018 About 100 of his neighbors are living in tents and makeshift sheds and using foul-smelling improvised toilets in outdoor camps. Fox News, "Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake," 18 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The most popular posts by far have tended to be comical rather than truly spooky; the post with the most impressions is a Polo Ralph Lauren toilet that, so far, has reached 1.5 million people. Margaret Lin, Curbed, "This meme page curates the best of the internet’s ‘spooky toilets’," 5 Oct. 2018 But the clogger had been even busier in past years, Kerlin told the Sheboygan Press — blocking the same public women’s toilet 14 times in 2017, and 12 the year before. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Serial toilet clogger cost city thousands. But a tip just flushed him out, police say," 30 May 2018 But check out one of the bathrooms to see something uncharacteristic of Tudors: A strawberry pink bathtub, sink and toilet. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Oddball or adorable Oregon homes for sale: How pink is your sink?," 18 Mar. 2018 The service can then quickly locate the brand, size and amount of a household good — from shampoo to toilet paper —that the customer previously bought, or make suggestions based on those past purchases. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Walmart products to be available via Google Express," 23 Aug. 2017 Scabies and lice can cling to towels, clothes, and bedding, but not toilet seats. Jenelle Marie Pierce, Allure, "The Truth About Whether You Can Get an STI From a Toilet Seat," 17 Aug. 2017 The technology is available in selected models, but it can also be installed in an existing toilet with Kohler's Touchless toilet flush kit—expected to retail for $100. Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "Add Touchless Technology To Your Bath Without Replacing Anything," 19 May 2014 Venezuela, for the record, is currently suffering chronic shortages of everything from food to toilet paper, a mass civil insurrection and murderous police brutality. Michael J. Totten, The Atlantic, "Why the Rise of Corbyn's Labour Party Should Worry the West," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of toilet

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1828, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for toilet

Noun

French toilette cloth on which items used for grooming are placed, from Middle French, piece of batiste, from diminutive of toile cloth

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The first known use of toilet was in 1667

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toilet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of toilet

: a large bowl attached to a pipe that is used for getting rid of bodily waste and then flushed with water

: the act or process of washing and dressing yourself

toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət \

Kids Definition of toilet

1 : a device for getting rid of body waste that consists usually of a bowl that is flushed with water
2 : bathroom
3 : the act or process of getting dressed and groomed

toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət \

Medical Definition of toilet

: cleansing in preparation for or in association with a medical or surgical procedure a pharyngeal toilet

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