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[rins] /rɪns/
verb (used with object), rinsed, rinsing.
to wash lightly, as by pouring water into or over or by dipping in water:
to rinse a cup.
to douse or drench in clean water as a final stage in washing.
to remove (soap, dirt, etc.) by such a process (often followed by off).
to use a rinse on (the hair).
an act or instance of rinsing.
the water used for rinsing.
any preparation that may be used on the hair after washing, especially to tint or condition the hair.
an act or instance of using such a preparation on the hair.
Origin of rinse
1300-50; Middle English ryncen < Middle French rincer, Old French recincier < Vulgar Latin *recentiāre to make new, refresh, equivalent to Latin recent- (stem of recēns) fresh, recent + connective -i- + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
rinsable, rinseable, adjective
rinsability, rinseability, noun
prerinse, verb (used with object), prerinsed, prerinsing.
prerinse, noun
unrinsed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rinse
  • rinse with clear water and soak in clear water overnight.
  • On the grounds are picnic tables, structures that provide shade, flush toilets and cold-water rinse showers.
  • Wash and rinse the area using a gentle plant-based soap and dry with a clean towel.
  • rinse off the lawn furniture with clean water and check for spots that need more work.
  • Time how long it takes to wash and rinse hands with both the high and low pressure.
  • It was set to quick wash, low speed tumble, additional rinse.
  • Coffee oils are easily dissolved in a weak chlorine bleach solution, but wash with soap and water then rinse well.
  • Wash the pieces well, rinse them in several fresh waters, and drain thoroughly.
  • Drain and rinse one can peas, and rub through a sieve.
  • Cook rice in boiling salted water, drain, and pour over hot water to thoroughly rinse.
British Dictionary definitions for rinse


verb (transitive)
to remove soap from (clothes, etc) by applying clean water in the final stage in washing
to wash lightly, esp without using soap: to rinse one's hands
to give a light tint to (hair)
the act or an instance of rinsing
(hairdressing) a liquid preparation put on the hair when wet to give a tint to it: a blue rinse
Derived Forms
rinsable, rinsible, adjective
rinsability, rinsibility, noun
rinser, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French rincer, from Latin recens fresh, new
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Word Origin and History for rinse

c.1300 "subject to light washing; wash with water only" (mid-13c. in surname Rinsfet), from Old French reincier (transitive) "to wash, cleanse" (12c., Modern French rincer), probably dissimilated from recincier, from Vulgar Latin *recentiare "to make fresh, to wash, cleanse with water," from Late Latin recentare "to make fresh," from Latin recens "new, fresh" (see recent). OED says similarity in form and sense with Old Norse hreinsa is "prob[ably] accidental." Meaning "wash a second time to remove remaining impurities, soap, etc." is from 1520s. Related: Rinsed; rinsing.


1837, from rinse (v.). As a hair treatment, by 1928.

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