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’
    • ‘I started to shampoo my hair then rinsed it after.’
    • ‘After the six of them had devoured the pancakes and eggs, they cleaned up the kitchen, rinsing the dishes and loading the dishwasher.’
    • ‘He rinsed his face with cold water and dried it with a hand towel, stopping to stare at himself in the mirror.’
    • ‘As she stood beneath the warm, tingling spray, she soaped and rinsed her hair twice, as she had always done.’
    • ‘Alex walks into the bathroom, and starts to rinse his face with water from the sink.’
    • ‘After it was rinsed clean, she put conditioner in her hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He turned the tap on before rinsing his hands and then splashing warm water onto his face.’
    • ‘I rub it in vigorously, removing the stains, and then I rinse it under the water and dry it off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once she was done she rinsed her face with cold water and moved in slow motion back toward the living room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He rinsed out the last of the shampoo and got out of the shower, wrapping a towel around his waist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She soaked one of the small towels into the hot water and rinsed it dry.’
    • ‘He ran cold water in the sink, rinsed his hands and then splashed it across his face.’
    • ‘He rinsed his hands under the water then turned back around to Darren.’
    • ‘I rinsed my hands in the basin of water on a little side table that had been brought in.’
    • ‘Thoroughly rinse the tank with clean water for a minimum of 5 minutes, flushing water through the boom and hoses.’
    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’
      • ‘Quickly, Darren rinsed out his glass and stood by up the fridge, waiting for his father.’
      • ‘Astor rinsed out the drinking glass on the kitchen window ledge and filled it full.’
      • ‘Flipping the television off, I went to the kitchen sink where I rinsed out my bowl and spoon and returned to the bathroom.’
      • ‘Gerald finished his breakfast and rinsed out his bowl.’
      • ‘Bryce rinsed out his bowl in the wash basin he'd set up and glanced at Mac.’
      • ‘She rinsed the sink, swiped the water stains off the faucet and folded the tea towel.’
      • ‘Rinsing with water alone does not produce effective cleaning.’
      • ‘Vivian sighed and rinsed her paintbrush in the cup of water.’
      • ‘She took out the toothbrush and rinsed the cup with hot water before filling it with cold.’
      • ‘I wolfed down my soggy cereal and rinsed out the bowl before quickly walking out of the white kitchen to hide my tears.’
      • ‘I rinsed out my glass and sat it in the sink before wiping my mouth then heading back into the lounge room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After rinsing out her glass with water, she replied.’
      • ‘Wanting to leave as soon as possible, she emptied her wine into the sink, and rinsed it with the water from the faucet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She finished pouring the goat's milk into the containers, rinsed out the bucket and stored the milk into the refrigerator.’
      • ‘Laughing to myself, I turned on the faucet and began rinsing out the mug.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She quickly finished her spaghetti and rinsed out her plate in the clean sink.’
      • ‘I rose quickly from my chair and rinsed out my bowl.’
    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’
      • ‘I shaved my legs carefully and rinsed the soap off of me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Grumbling, I got into the shower and quickly rinsed out my hair.’
      • ‘She poured some of the water from the basin into her hands and began rinsing the grime off of her face.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Samantha sat in her cabin, rinsing the rough soap out of her flaxen hair.’
      • ‘She rinsed the soap off her hand, and we left the bathroom, laughing.’
      • ‘A small pool next to the dive gear area is good for rinsing the salt off your skin.’
      • ‘I soon got impatient and rinsed the soap off my skin.’
      • ‘You can then work over the wood surface with a stiff broom to further dislodge dirt, then rinse it off with a hose.’
      • ‘Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it off with cool water.’
      • ‘I was actually hoping you'd be able to help me rinse the soap out of my hair.’
      • ‘He lathered up and rinsed off quickly so that he could get ready for school.’
      • ‘Once he was gone I returned to my bath and quickly rinsed out my soapy hair.’
      • ‘Refill the tub with clean cold water and rinse the pipes out by running the jets a few more minutes.’
      • ‘She finished cleaning the fish, rinsed off the knife and her hands and they returned to camp to cook up their dinner.’
      • ‘I grinned to myself as I rinsed the soap out of my hair.’
      • ‘Emmaline filled the bucket with water and rinsed the soap off.’
      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 washed my hair at least three times, feeling at little cleanlier with each rinse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You know, my hands feel really dirty, why don't we go give them a rinse.’
    • ‘A final rinse under the tap should prevent anything still attached to them from getting into your pond.’
    • ‘They're easy to freeze, requiring no preparation other than a quick rinse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I'm done,’ he said, grabbing his plate and taking it to the sink for a rinse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After all was done I took the plates to the sea to give them a rinse.’
    • ‘Clothes can be softened by adding baking soda during the rinse cycle.’
    • ‘The briefest rinse under a running tap will be enough.’
    • ‘Bags were subjected to 10 cold-water rinse cycles in a washing machine at a low water level.’
    • ‘I climbed in the shower and took a quick rinse and got out.’
    • ‘A quick rinse under the tap, dry it off and the filter is clean and ready to be used again.’
    • ‘The mother moves her hand, placing the bowl under the running faucet for a rinse.’
    immersion, plunge, ducking, dunking
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  • 2An antiseptic solution for cleansing the mouth.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Use a high concentration prescription fluoride gel once a day or a sodium fluoride mouth rinse three times a day.’
    • ‘An over-the-counter, alcohol-free, 0.05 percent fluoride mouth rinse also may be recommended for women with active caries.’
    • ‘Rinse mouth with water or a fluoride mouth rinse to freshen mouth and protect teeth.’
    • ‘The oral rinses were dispensed by pharmacists and were administered by staff nurses.’
    • ‘Serious allergic reactions to the oral rinse are extremely rare.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Use a rich conditioning cream rinse to finish off.’
    • ‘Don't use a cream rinse or shampoo/conditioner combination before applying lice medication.’
    • ‘It was the smell of shampoo and cream rinse, mixed together.’
    • ‘Instead, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioning rinse.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘The guys inevitably say "mea culpa," but go back to business as usual. Rinse and 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Beat up a bunch of not-too-bright enemies, navigate a level, throw in some physical obstacles, lather, rinse, repeat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People are introduced. Stuff happens to them. Occasionally, it involves Martians. Colonel Wilder shows up. Stuff happens to him. Lather, rinse, repeat.’
      • ‘Lather, rinse and repeat is the name of the game for these fellas.’
      • ‘Plotline for every song here: narrator's heart is broken so he goes and gets drunk, 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.’


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