wash·​ing | \ ˈwȯ-shiŋ How to pronounce washing (audio) , 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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The price of washing machines, for instance, went up by about 12% as a result of the 2018 tariffs on China. Tara Law, Time, "As Trump Suspends New Tariffs on Mexico, Experts Warn That His Threats Could Damage the U.S. Economy," 8 June 2019 Officials have skirmished over foreign washing machines and Canadian softwood lumber imports. The Economist, "America is deploying a new economic arsenal to assert its power," 6 June 2019 Mexico is one of the United States’ largest trading partners, and tariffs would increase prices for consumers on a wide range of products, including automobiles, washing machines, avocados, fresh fruits, clothing and beer. latimes.com, "Today: Mexico Makes Its Anti-Tariff Case," 4 June 2019 The entire meteorite had been around the size of a washing machine; the fragment that crashed into the house was merely a part of a much larger object. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Super Rare Mud Meteorite Crashed into a Costa Rican House," 22 May 2019 But there is another option: a portable washing machine. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Black + Decker Portable Washing Machine Might Be The Best Thing That's Ever Happened to Me," 3 May 2019 Scott made them in the shapes of slot machines and washing machines, while Lagerfeld turned a ski gondola into the must-have cross-body from his swan song at Chanel. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 8 Best Accessory Trends of Fall 2019," 14 Mar. 2019 Employee washing dishes did not put food contact surfaces in sanitizer solution long enough. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Restaurant with no sneeze guard on salsa bar among this week's violations," 11 July 2018 Health officials advise all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "About 4,000 lose water in three cities," 6 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
British : clothes, towels, sheets, etc., that need to be washed or that are being washed

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