Definition of rinse in English:

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Pronunciation: /rins/


[with object]
1Wash (something) with clean water to remove soap, detergent, dirt, or impurities: always rinse your hair thoroughly mussels should be well rinsed before use
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  • Wash the face piece in detergent and water, rinse it thoroughly, and dry it in a well-ventilated area.
  • Thoroughly rinse the tank with clean water for a minimum of 5 minutes, flushing water through the boom and hoses.
  • She ran the faucet one last time and ran her hands under the stream of water, rinsing them clean of the variety of juices from the messy food.
wash, wash out, clean, cleanse, bathe;
dip, drench, splash, hose down
1.1Wash (something) quickly, especially without soap: Rose rinsed out a tumbler Karen rinsed her mouth out
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  • Quickly, Darren rinsed out his glass and stood by up the fridge, waiting for his father.
  • Then I gulped down my lukewarm milk, rinsed out the glass in the sink, drank two cups of cold water, and rinsed the glass a final time before heading out into the living room.
  • I rose quickly from my chair and rinsed out my bowl.
1.2 [with object] Remove (soap, detergent, dirt, or impurities) by washing with clean water: the conditioning mousse doesn’t have to be rinsed out [no object]: rub salt onto rough areas of skin, then rinse off
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  • I first wash my lines in hot soapy water then thoroughly rinse them off in clean cold water.
  • Emmaline filled the bucket with water and rinsed the soap off.
  • Refill the tub with clean cold water and rinse the pipes out by running the jets a few more minutes.


1An act of rinsing something: I gave my hands a quick rinse
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  • Bags were subjected to 10 cold-water rinse cycles in a washing machine at a low water level.
  • Clothes can be softened by adding baking soda during the rinse cycle.
  • After a quick rinse in the sink, he stuck the dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
2An antiseptic solution for cleansing the mouth.
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  • The rinse uses goldenseal as an astringent and aloe, grapefruit seed extract and echinacea as gum stimulants.
  • Sara's bathroom consisted of a cat towel, bath and shower curtain, and rinse cup.
  • Rinse mouth with water or a fluoride mouth rinse to freshen mouth and protect teeth.
3A preparation for conditioning or temporarily tinting the hair.
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  • Generally, there isn't a difference in the prices charged by salons between men and women for full head colour rinses if they both have roughly the same amount of hair.
  • Mike, Greg, and Peter all sport groovy perms while Bobby is finally able to give up the rinse and show off his natural hair color.
  • It was the smell of shampoo and cream rinse, mixed together.


rinse, repeat

(also lather, rinse, repeat or wash, rinse, repeat)
informal Used to indicate the continual repetition of an action or sequence of events, typically in a way regarded as tiresomely predictable: If the sun doesn’t come out soon, I’m going to kill myself. Rain, clouds, grey, cold. Rinse, repeat Most scary movies have the build up, the scary moment, then they let you relax for a while. Lather, rinse, repeat
With reference to typical instructions on bottles of shampoo
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  • I get up and come to work and go home and do a few little things around the house and go to bed - lather, rinse, repeat - but I'm not doing anything much outside of that daily routine.
  • Agencies cut the ratings, which prompts bond investors to demand higher yields, which makes it even less likely that the nations will be able to meet payment obligations, which leads to further downgrades and so forth. Wash, rinse, repeat.
  • Beat up a bunch of not-too-bright enemies, navigate a level, throw in some physical obstacles, lather, rinse, repeat.



Example sentences
  • Usually placed alongside the finger bowl, the rinser, filled with water, allowed the guest to clean his glass by dipping it in the bowl,’ she said.
  • In addition, the blender has a 100-pound insulated ice bin, refrigeration unit for six products, hot water dispenser and built-in jar rinser.
  • She ran into the kitchen and held out the water rinser.


Middle English (as a verb): from Old French rincer, of unknown ultimate origin.

Words that rhyme with rinse

chintz, convince, evince, Linz, mince, Port-au-Prince, prince, quince, since, Vince, wince

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Syllabification: rinse

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