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(verb) 
Definition
to clean (oneself, part of one's body, or a thing) with soap or detergent and water
He got a job washing dishes in a pizza parlour.
Synonyms
,
scrub
The corridors are scrubbed clean.
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sponge
Gently sponge your face and body.
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rinse
After washing always rinse the hair in clear water.
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scour
He decided to scour the sink.
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cleanse
She demonstrated the proper way to cleanse the face.
(verb) 
Definition
to clean (oneself, part of one's body, or a thing) with soap or detergent and water
The colours will fade a little each time you wash the shirt.
Synonyms
launder
She wore a freshly laundered and starched white shirt.
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wet
Wet the fabric with a damp sponge before ironing.
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dry-clean
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moisten
She took a sip of water to moisten her dry throat.
(verb) 
Definition
to clean (oneself, part of one's body, or a thing) with soap or detergent and water
It took a long time to wash the mud out of his hair.
Synonyms
,
clean
Her father cleaned his glasses with a paper napkin.
It took half an hour to clean the orange powder off the bath.
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(verb) 
Definition
to clean (oneself, part of one's body, or a thing) with soap or detergent and water
There was a sour smell about him, as if he had not washed for days.
Synonyms
bathe
Back home, Shirley plays with, feeds and bathes the baby.
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bath
Don't feel you have to bath your child every day.
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take a bath or shower
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clean yourself
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soak
Soak yourself in a bath.
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freshen up
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lave (archaic)
, ,
scrub yourself down
(verb) 
Definition
(of waves) to flow or sweep against or over (a surface or object), often with a lapping sound
The sea washed against the shore.
Synonyms
lap
the water that lapped against the pillars of the pier
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flow
A stream flowed down into the valley.
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splash
waves splashing against the side of the boat
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ripple
Throw a pebble in a pool and it ripples.
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splosh
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plash
(verb) 
Definition
to move or be moved in a particular direction by water
The force of the water washed him back into the cave.
Synonyms
carry
He carried the plate through to the dining room.
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sweep
Suddenly, she was swept along by the crowd.
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take
I'll take these papers home and read them.
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move
She moved the sheaf of papers into position.
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conduct
Water conducts heat faster than air.
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transport
There's no petrol so it's difficult to transport goods.
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convey
They borrowed our boats to convey themselves across the river.
(verb) 
A wave of despair washed over him.
Synonyms
move
These stories surprised and moved me.
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overcome
I don't know what to say! I'm quite overcome.
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touch
It has touched me deeply to see how these people live.
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upset
She warned me not to say anything to upset him.
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stir
I was intrigued by him, stirred by his intellect.
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disturb
He had been disturbed by the news of the attack.
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perturb
He didn't seem to be perturbed by the news.
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surge through
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tug at someone's heartstrings often facetious)
(verb) 
Definition
to be acceptable or believable
(informal  All those excuses simply won't wash with me.
Synonyms
be plausible
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stand up
He made wild accusations that did not stand up in court.
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hold up
I'm not sure if the argument holds up, but it's stimulating.
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pass muster
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hold water
This argument simply doesn't hold water.
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carry weight
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be convincing
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bear scrutiny
(noun) 
Definition
the act or process of washing
That coat could do with a good wash.
Synonyms
laundering
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cleaning
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cleansing
(noun) 
Definition
the act or process of washing
She had a wash and changed her clothes.
Synonyms
bathe (British)
an early-morning bathe
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bath
Have a bath every morning.
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dip
Let's have a dip in the pool.
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shampoo
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rinse
plenty of lather followed by a rinse with cold water
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ablution
(noun) 
Definition
the disturbance in the air or water produced at the rear of an aircraft, boat, or other moving object
The wash from a passing ship overturned their dinghy.
Synonyms
backwash
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slipstream
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path
We followed the path along the clifftops.
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trail
He was following a broad trail through the trees.
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train
a velvet dress, bias cut with a train
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track
We set off once more, over a rough mountain track.
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waves
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(noun) 
Definition
the disturbance in the air or water produced at the rear of an aircraft, boat, or other moving object
The steady wash of waves on the shore calmed me.
Synonyms
,
roll
despite the roll of the boat
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surge
the beating and surge of the sea
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swell
the swell of the incoming tide
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rise and fall
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ebb and flow
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undulation
(noun) 
Definition
a thin layer of paint or ink
He painted a wash of colour over the entire surface.
Synonyms
coat
The front door needs a new coat of paint.
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film
The sea is coated with a film of sewage.
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covering
Sawdust was used as a hygienic floor covering.
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layer
A fresh layer of snow covered the street.
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coating
We put on the second coating of lacquer.
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overlay
Silver overlay is bonded to the entire surface.
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suffusion

Phrasal verbs

See wash something away

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bath
Definition
to wash in a bath
Don't feel you have to bath your child every day.
Synonyms
tub,
scrub down,
lave (archaic)
in the sense of bath
Definition
the act of washing in such a container
Have a bath every morning.
Synonyms
cleaning,
soaping,
cleansing,
scrubbing,
shampoo,
sponging,
douche,
ablution
in the sense of cleanse
Definition
to remove dirt from
She demonstrated the proper way to cleanse the face.
Synonyms
lustrate

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