toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

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

Students also learn how to share their snacks, ride a bicycle, comb their hair, organize their books and bags, use the toilet, and say their prayers, among other things. Eam Asaduzzaman And Shababa Iqbal, The Christian Science Monitor, "School in Bangladesh builds confidence for autistic students – and their parents," 10 July 2018 Also, wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing diapers. PEOPLE.com, "Headed to a Water Park This Summer? Here's What You Need to Know to Stay Safe," 28 June 2018 Here are some changes that are warning signs: Needing help with an increasing number of key daily activities, such as dressing, bathing, walking, eating, or using the toilet. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "How to know when it's time for hospice," 22 June 2018 Factory supervisors make workers ask for permission to use the toilet. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "How Amazon Exploits Chinese Workers to Crank Out Its Products," 13 June 2018 Those include bathing, eating, dressing, using the toilet, walking and remaining continent. Samantha Gross, miamiherald, "Can you afford a caregiver? Here’s what to know about long-term care insurance | Miami Herald," 28 Mar. 2018 Drake then asked a deputy to use the toilet, and he, too, was escorted to the cell where the female detainee was housed, according to statements that both Tribble and Drake made to investigators. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Cook County sheriff's investigators recommend firing 3 supervisors after alleged courthouse sex assault," 3 Mar. 2018 In the Bangula camp in Nsanje district, about 5,000 people have just a few toilets. Nqobile Ntshangase, The Seattle Times, "‘Second disaster’ warned in Mozambique as cholera a concern," 26 Mar. 2019 According to a press release, Mister Poop toilet accessories will be included in the gift bags for the Oscar nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Win or Lose, Oscar Nominees Will Go Home With a Poop Emoji Plunger," 22 Feb. 2019

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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15 Apr 2019

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The first known use of toilet was in 1667

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More Definitions for toilet

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
old-fashioned : the act or process of washing and dressing yourself

toilet

noun
toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

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 How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

Medical Definition of toilet

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

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