verb (used with object)

  1. to apply water or some other liquid to (something or someone) for the purpose of cleansing; cleanse by dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing in water or some other liquid.
  2. to remove (dirt, stains, paint, or any matter) by or as by the action of water (usually followed by out, off, etc.): to wash grime out of clothing.
  3. to free from spiritual defilement or from sin, guilt, etc.: to be washed whiter than the snow.
  4. to bathe, wet, or moisten with water or other liquid: a meadow newly washed with morning dew.
  5. to flow through, over, or against: a shore or cliff washed by waves.
  6. to carry, bring, remove, or deposit (something) by means of water or any liquid, or as the water or liquid does (often followed by up, down, or along): The storm washed the boat up on the shore. A sailor was washed overboard.
  7. to wear or diminish, as water does by flowing over or against a surface (often followed by out or away): The rain had washed away the lettering on the stone.
  8. (of water) to form by flowing over and eroding a surface: The flood had washed a new channel through the bottom lands.
  9. Mining.
    1. to subject (earth or ore) to the action or force of water in order to separate valuable material.
    2. to separate (valuable material) in this way.
  10. to purify (a gas or gaseous mixture) by passage through or over a liquid.
  11. to cover with a watery or thin coat of color.
  12. to overlay with a thin coat or deposit of metal: to wash brass with gold.
  13. Slang. launder(def 3).

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