Definition of rinse in US English:



[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’
    • ‘He rinsed his face with cold water and dried it with a hand towel, stopping to stare at himself in the mirror.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She rinses the clothes in hot water.’
    • ‘He turned the tap on before rinsing his hands and then splashing warm water onto his face.’
    • ‘After a minute, I had calmed down, and I rinsed my hands in the cold water from the tap, splashing water onto my face.’
    • ‘Wash the face piece in detergent and water, rinse it thoroughly, and dry it in a well-ventilated area.’
    • ‘He rinsed out the last of the shampoo and got out of the shower, wrapping a towel around his waist.’
    • ‘He ran cold water in the sink, rinsed his hands and then splashed it across his face.’
    • ‘Once all the remains of the soap and dirt were rinsed down the drain she reached under the cupboard until she drew out a polka dotted towel.’
    • ‘Quietly Lucia rinsed her delicate hands in the rushing water emitting from the faucet, then cupped her hands to catch some of the clear liquid and splashed it on her pretty face.’
    • ‘She soaked one of the small towels into the hot water and rinsed it dry.’
    • ‘Alex walks into the bathroom, and starts to rinse his face with water from the sink.’
    • ‘Once she was done she rinsed her face with cold water and moved in slow motion back toward the living room.’
    • ‘After it was rinsed clean, she put conditioner in her hair.’
    • ‘I started to shampoo my hair then rinsed it after.’
    • ‘As she stood beneath the warm, tingling spray, she soaped and rinsed her hair twice, as she had always done.’
    • ‘After the six of them had devoured the pancakes and eggs, they cleaned up the kitchen, rinsing the dishes and loading the dishwasher.’
    • ‘Thoroughly rinse the tank with clean water for a minimum of 5 minutes, flushing water through the boom and hoses.’
    • ‘I rinsed my hands in the basin of water on a little side table that had been brought in.’
    • ‘I rub it in vigorously, removing the stains, and then I rinse it under the water and dry it off.’
    • ‘He rinsed his hands under the water then turned back around to Darren.’
    wash, wash out, wash lightly, clean, cleanse, bathe, dip, drench, splash, hose down, swill, sluice
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    1. 1.1 Wash (something) quickly, especially without soap.
      ‘Rose rinsed out a tumbler’
      ‘Karen rinsed her mouth out’
      • ‘Vivian sighed and rinsed her paintbrush in the cup of water.’
      • ‘I wolfed down my soggy cereal and rinsed out the bowl before quickly walking out of the white kitchen to hide my tears.’
      • ‘I rose quickly from my chair and rinsed out my bowl.’
      • ‘Gerald finished his breakfast and rinsed out his bowl.’
      • ‘After rinsing out her glass with water, she replied.’
      • ‘I rinsed out my glass and sat it in the sink before wiping my mouth then heading back into the lounge room.’
      • ‘Bryce rinsed out his bowl in the wash basin he'd set up and glanced at Mac.’
      • ‘Astor rinsed out the drinking glass on the kitchen window ledge and filled it full.’
      • ‘She rinsed the sink, swiped the water stains off the faucet and folded the tea towel.’
      • ‘Laughing to myself, I turned on the faucet and began rinsing out the mug.’
      • ‘She quickly finished her spaghetti and rinsed out her plate in the clean sink.’
      • ‘She could hear that Sarah was now completely awake so she got up, rinsed out her glass and bowl and started for the bedroom to see how Sarah was doing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wanting to leave as soon as possible, she emptied her wine into the sink, and rinsed it with the water from the faucet.’
      • ‘She finished pouring the goat's milk into the containers, rinsed out the bucket and stored the milk into the refrigerator.’
      • ‘Flipping the television off, I went to the kitchen sink where I rinsed out my bowl and spoon and returned to the bathroom.’
      • ‘Quickly, Darren rinsed out his glass and stood by up the fridge, waiting for his father.’
      • ‘As soon as she moved, Mary moved over to the sink and rinsed out the glass before drying it and putting it back in its rightful place.’
      • ‘She took out the toothbrush and rinsed the cup with hot water before filling it with cold.’
      • ‘Rinsing with water alone does not produce effective cleaning.’
    2. 1.2with 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’
      • ‘She finished cleaning the fish, rinsed off the knife and her hands and they returned to camp to cook up their dinner.’
      • ‘Once he was gone I returned to my bath and quickly rinsed out my soapy hair.’
      • ‘He lathered up and rinsed off quickly so that he could get ready for school.’
      • ‘Refill the tub with clean cold water and rinse the pipes out by running the jets a few more minutes.’
      • ‘Grumbling, I got into the shower and quickly rinsed out my hair.’
      • ‘Emmaline filled the bucket with water and rinsed the soap off.’
      • ‘I was actually hoping you'd be able to help me rinse the soap out of my hair.’
      • ‘Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it off with cool water.’
      • ‘I soon got impatient and rinsed the soap off my skin.’
      • ‘I grinned to myself as I rinsed the soap out of my hair.’
      • ‘I shaved my legs carefully and rinsed the soap off of me.’
      • ‘She rinsed the soap off her hand, and we left the bathroom, laughing.’
      • ‘Of course wash colors separately, blue with blue and white with white, and ensure that all soap is rinsed out thoroughly since any residue can cause the blue to bleed.’
      • ‘I first wash my lines in hot soapy water then thoroughly rinse them off in clean cold water.’
      • ‘A small pool next to the dive gear area is good for rinsing the salt off your skin.’
      • ‘Samantha sat in her cabin, rinsing the rough soap out of her flaxen hair.’
      • ‘Then he soaked the cloth in the water before rinsing it out.’
      • ‘I rinse out the water in my hair and flip it over to dry it.’
      • ‘You can then work over the wood surface with a stiff broom to further dislodge dirt, then rinse it off with a hose.’
      • ‘She poured some of the water from the basin into her hands and began rinsing the grime off of her face.’
      rinse out, wash, wash down, wash out, sluice, swill, cleanse, clean, hose, hose down, swab
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  • 1An act of rinsing something.

    ‘I gave my hands a quick rinse’
    • ‘‘I'm done,’ he said, grabbing his plate and taking it to the sink for a rinse.’
    • ‘I washed my hair at least three times, feeling at little cleanlier with each rinse.’
    • ‘Bags were subjected to 10 cold-water rinse cycles in a washing machine at a low water level.’
    • ‘He came up holding something in his hands which he examined for a moment before giving it a good rinse in the pool, then looking closely at it again.’
    • ‘You know, my hands feel really dirty, why don't we go give them a rinse.’
    • ‘I climbed in the shower and took a quick rinse and got out.’
    • ‘They're easy to freeze, requiring no preparation other than a quick rinse.’
    • ‘A quick rinse under the tap, dry it off and the filter is clean and ready to be used again.’
    • ‘The briefest rinse under a running tap will be enough.’
    • ‘The mother moves her hand, placing the bowl under the running faucet for a rinse.’
    • ‘Clothes can be softened by adding baking soda during the rinse cycle.’
    • ‘The Blanchards used a barrel washer to remove most of the soil from their carrots, followed by a power washer spray as a final rinse when carrots come out of the barrel and onto the screen.’
    • ‘After a quick rinse in the sink, he stuck the dirty dishes in the dishwasher.’
    • ‘Tommy soaked and scrubbed the cookware and then dropped them into the rinse water, while Will put them through the dishwasher before placing them in manageable stacks.’
    • ‘A final rinse under the tap should prevent anything still attached to them from getting into your pond.’
    • ‘After all was done I took the plates to the sea to give them a rinse.’
    immersion, plunge, ducking, dunking
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  • 2An antiseptic solution for cleansing the mouth.

    • ‘Use a high concentration prescription fluoride gel once a day or a sodium fluoride mouth rinse three times a day.’
    • ‘The rinse uses goldenseal as an astringent and aloe, grapefruit seed extract and echinacea as gum stimulants.’
    • ‘An over-the-counter, alcohol-free, 0.05 percent fluoride mouth rinse also may be recommended for women with active caries.’
    • ‘The oral rinses were dispensed by pharmacists and were administered by staff nurses.’
    • ‘Serious allergic reactions to the oral rinse are extremely rare.’
    • ‘Rinse mouth with water or a fluoride mouth rinse to freshen mouth and protect teeth.’
    • ‘Sara's bathroom consisted of a cat towel, bath and shower curtain, and rinse cup.’
  • 3A preparation for conditioning or temporarily tinting the hair.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't use a cream rinse or shampoo/conditioner combination before applying lice medication.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioning rinse.’
    • ‘Use a rich conditioning cream rinse to finish off.’
    • ‘It was the smell of shampoo and cream rinse, mixed together.’
    • ‘Insecticides for treating lice are available in lotions, liquids or cream rinses.’


  • 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’
      • ‘People are introduced. Stuff happens to them. Occasionally, it involves Martians. Colonel Wilder shows up. Stuff happens to him. Lather, rinse, repeat.’
      • ‘He's up at 6: 30 a.m., at his desk by 7: 30 a.m., to the golf course at 2 p.m. for 18 holes, back home by 6 p.m., nap until 6: 30 p.m., dinner at 7, work a few more hours, rinse, repeat.’
      • ‘Plotline for every song here: narrator's heart is broken so he goes and gets drunk, lather, 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.’
      • ‘The guys inevitably say "mea culpa," but go back to business as usual. Rinse and repeat.’
      • ‘Beat up a bunch of not-too-bright enemies, navigate a level, throw in some physical obstacles, lather, rinse, repeat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These days, September isn't a time to refresh and renew; it's just like the summer, work, work, sleep, sleep, lather, rinse, repeat.’


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