- To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing: wash one's hands; wash windows. (verb-transitive)
- To soak, rinse out, and remove (dirt or stain) with or as if with water: wash grease out of overalls. (verb-transitive)
- To make moist or wet; drench: Tears washed the child's cheeks. (verb-transitive)
- To flow over, against, or past: waves that washed the sandy shores. (verb-transitive)
- To carry, erode, remove, or destroy by the action of moving water: Heavy rains washed the topsoil away. (verb-transitive)
American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.