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

Making matters worse, many live in filthy, third-world conditions without basic necessities like toilets and sinks. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "$700K for an apartment? The cost to solve the homeless crisis is soaring in Los Angeles," 20 Aug. 2019 There are no portable toilets, and only two inside when detainees get that far. Ken Silverstein, The New Republic, "Shock Corridor," 19 Aug. 2019 With cramped quarters, no toilet and the potential for rough seas, the two-week voyage will be uncomfortable. The Economist, "The Greta effect," 19 Aug. 2019 The bathroom blast, however, was enough to shatter the toilet and even take out windows. Matthew Cappucci, chicagotribune.com, "Toilet explodes during Florida thunderstorm," 12 Aug. 2019 People were pitching tents in lawns without asking; people were rampantly using lawns as toilets, and pristine landscapes—Iceland's greatest attraction—became famously strewn with toilet paper. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Iceland's Tourism Numbers Are Dropping—And Wow Air Is to Blame," 2 Aug. 2019 Prisoners eat all meals in their cells, and most cells have a shower and a toilet, minimizing the need for inmates to leave. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Supermax prison now occupied by El Chapo is “worse than death,” ex-warden said," 27 July 2019 Additional showers and toilets are available outside, but that required children to cross dusty ground in over 100 degree heat. Renae Reints, Fortune, "‘It’s Not a Home for Children.’ Thousands of Migrant Children Remain in Shelters at the Border," 26 July 2019 Inspections had found cells reeking of feces and vomit, overflowing and leaky toilets, and women inmates with hair matted with fecal matter or their clothes streaked with blood. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Judge to Fulton: Fix repulsive jail conditions for mentally ill women," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Duties and activities that may be required of the nurses include ventilator care, tracheotomy care and suctioning, medication administration, toileting/diapering and oral feeding. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Harford school board OKs contracts for security cameras on new buses," 25 July 2019 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
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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