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rinse Line breaks: rinse

Definition of rinse in English:


[with object]
1Wash (something) with clean water to remove soap, detergent, dirt, or impurities: always rinse your hair thoroughly [no object]: drain the beans and rinse well
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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, wash lightly, clean, cleanse, bathe, dip, drench, splash, hose down, swill, sluice;
flush out/away, wash off
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 (rinse something off/out) Remove (soap, detergent, dirt, or impurities) by washing with clean water: the conditioning mousse doesn’t have to be rinsed out
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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.


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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: the medication is used as a rinse twice a day after breakfast and dinner
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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: a coloured rinse
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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.


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


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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  • 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.
  • Lather, rinse and repeat is the name of the game for these fellas.
  • If the right sort of program was started on one computer, it could phone other computers, each of which would copy the program and run it. Lather, rinse and repeat.



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  • 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.

Words that rhyme with rinse

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

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