Synonyms of 'wash'
to clean (oneself, part of one's body, or a thing) with soap or detergent and waterHe got a job washing dishes in a pizza parlour.
to clean (oneself, part of one's body, or a thing) with soap or detergent and waterThe colours will fade a little each time you wash the shirt.
to clean (oneself, part of one's body, or a thing) with soap or detergent and waterIt took a long time to wash the mud out of his hair.
to clean (oneself, part of one's body, or a thing) with soap or detergent and waterThere was a sour smell about him, as if he had not washed for days.
(of waves) to flow or sweep against or over (a surface or object), often with a lapping soundThe sea washed against the shore.
to move or be moved in a particular direction by waterThe force of the water washed him back into the cave.
He carried the plate through to the dining room.
Suddenly, she was swept along by the crowd.
I'll take these papers home and read them.
She moved the sheaf of papers into position.
Water conducts heat faster than air.
There's no petrol so it's difficult to transport goods.
They borrowed our boats to convey themselves across the river.
A wave of despair washed over him.
These stories surprised and moved me.
I don't know what to say! I'm quite overcome.
It has touched me deeply to see how these people live.
She warned me not to say anything to upset him.
I was intrigued by him, stirred by his intellect.
He had been disturbed by the news of the attack.
He didn't seem to be perturbed by the news.
tug at someone's heartstrings often facetious)
to be acceptable or believable(informal All those excuses simply won't wash with me.
the act or process of washingThat coat could do with a good wash.
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the act or process of washingShe had a wash and changed her clothes.
the disturbance in the air or water produced at the rear of an aircraft, boat, or other moving objectThe wash from a passing ship overturned their dinghy.
the disturbance in the air or water produced at the rear of an aircraft, boat, or other moving objectThe steady wash of waves on the shore calmed me.
a thin layer of paint or inkHe painted a wash of colour over the entire surface.
The front door needs a new coat of paint.
The sea is coated with a film of sewage.
Sawdust was used as a hygienic floor covering.
A fresh layer of snow covered the street.
We put on the second coating of lacquer.
Silver overlay is bonded to the entire surface.
See wash something away
See wash up
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in the sense of bath
to wash in a bathDon't feel you have to bath your child every day.
in the sense of bath
the act of washing in such a containerHave a bath every morning.
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