wash·​ing | \ˈwȯ-shiŋ, ˈwä-\

Definition of washing 

1 : the act or action of one that cleanses with water

2 : material obtained by washing

3 : articles washed or to be washed : wash

Examples of washing in a Sentence

These shirts will look great even after repeated washings.

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That includes washing your hands frequently, especially after going to the bathroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food, and after contact with animals or their environments. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Here Are the E. Coli Symptoms to Watch Out For, Just in Case You Ate Contaminated Romaine Lettuce Recently," 20 Nov. 2018 The pocket-sized bag weighs less than 5 ounces, produces a machine-quality wash in three minutes, and is twice as effective as hand washing. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 The first step will be a thorough washing of the headlight lenses with car soap and water. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your Headlights and Make Them Shine Like New," 2 Aug. 2018 If you're compelled to wash them more frequently, the color and elasticity hold up through regular washing and drying. Kim Fusaro, Glamour, "The Actual Best Workout Pants Cost Less Than $30," 14 Nov. 2018 Some new washers have dedicated cycles just for washing sheets. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wash Sheets — Plus the Mistakes You Might Be Making," 16 Oct. 2018 Sotheby’s sold a Northern Song-era vessel for washing paintbrushes—but the overall recalibration could expand the collector base. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "In London, Collectors Get Fired Up for Ceramics," 6 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the prices of steel and washing machines — both items on which Trump placed tariffs — have gone up. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s China strategy is the most radical in decades — and it’s failing," 18 Sep. 2018 Apart from underwear and workout gear, most items rarely need constant washing. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of washing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of washing

: an act of washing something with water and soap

: clothes, towels, sheets, etc., that need to be washed or that are being washed

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