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wash

verb [I/T]  /wɑʃ, wɔʃ/ us  

wash verb [I/T] (CLEAN)

to make something or yourself clean, or to become clean, using water and usually soap: [T] Alex washed his face and combed his hair. [T] I hate washing dishes.

wash verb [I/T] (FLOW)

(esp. of water) to flow or to cause to flow, often carrying something along: [I] Waves washed against the boat. [T] Heavy rains always wash the sand down the hill. If something is washed away, it is carried off by heavy rain or a flood: [M] Even trees and cars were washed away in this flood. If something washes up or washes ashore, water has moved it there: [M] That storm washed a lot of crabs up on the shore.

wash

noun  /wɑʃ, wɔʃ/ us  

wash noun (NO CHANGE)

[C usually sing] an event or situation in which positive and negative things balance each other: I sold my car for about what it cost me, so it was a wash.

wash noun (CLEAN)

[C/U] an act of washing, or clothing, sheets, and other cloth items being cleaned together: [C usually sing] I went days without a wash or a change of clothes. [U] She did a load of wash and hung it up to dry.
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