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washverb

uk   /wɒʃ/  us   /wɑːʃ/

wash verb (CLEAN)

A1 [T] to clean something using water: wash your hair/hands wash the car/clothes/floor These sheets need washing. I'll wash the bottle out (= clean its inside) and use it again.A1 [I] (US also wash up) to clean yourself, or a part of yourself, with water and usually soap: I'd like to wash before dinner.wash well If a particular material or piece of clothing washes well, it is not damaged or spoiled by repeated washing.
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wash verb (FLOW)

[I usually + adv/prep] literary If water washes somewhere, it flows there, usually repeatedly: She stood on the shore and let the water wash over her tired feet.wash sb/sth up/ashore/overboard (of the sea) to carry something or someone to or away from a place: Overnight the sea had washed up a lot of rubbish. More than 400 dead dolphins had been washed ashore. A Spanish crew member had been washed overboard (= carried off a ship into the sea by the force of the water) in the storm.

washnoun

uk   /wɒʃ/  us   /wɑːʃ/

wash noun (CLEANING)

A2 [C usually singular] the action of washing something or a part of your body: Those curtains need a good (= careful) wash. Erik needed a good wash after playing in the garden.the wash [S] all the clothes, sheets, etc. that are washed together, especially in a washing machine: Can I put this shirt in (with) the white wash? "Where's my pink shirt?" "It's in the wash" (= being washed or in a pile of clothes that is going to be washed). mainly US →  washing have a wash to wash your body or a part of it: I need to have a wash before dinnerdo a wash to clean clothes, sheets, etc., usually in a washing machine: Are you doing a wash tonight?

wash noun (THIN LAYER)

[C] a thin layer of water or paint mixed with water, especially one that is brushed lightly over a painting to make the lines softer: a blue wash/ a wash of blue Just before the paint dries, I give it a light wash.

wash noun (EVEN SITUATION)

[C usually singular] US an event or situation in which positive and negative things balance each other: If pollution controls are enforced here, the factories will move to where they're allowed to pollute, so it'll be a wash as far as clear air goes.

wash noun (FLOW)

[S] literary (the sound made) when the sea moves against land, etc.: Outside the flat, she could hear the gentle wash of the waves on the beach.
(Definition of wash from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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