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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
rinse /rɪns/USA pronunciation
v., rinsed, rins•ing, n. v. [~ + object]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to wash lightly, as by pouring water over as a final stage in washing:rinsed the dishes.
- to remove (soap, etc.) by such a process:She rinsed the soap out of her hair.
- to use a rinse on (the hair):blue-rinsed hair.
- [countable] an act or instance of rinsing.
- a liquid used on the hair after washing, esp. to color or condition it: [uncountable]some blue rinse.[countable]trying different rinses.
(rins),USA pronunciation v., rinsed, rins•ing, n. v.t.
- 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 fol. by off).
- to use a rinse on (the hair).
rins′a•ble, rinse′a•ble, adj.
rins′a•bil′i•ty, rinse′a•bil′i•ty, n.
- an act or instance of rinsing.
- the water used for rinsing.
- any preparation that may be used on the hair after washing, esp. to tint or condition the hair.
- an act or instance of using such a preparation on the hair.
- Vulgar Latin *recentiāre to make new, refresh, equivalent. to Latin recent- (stem of recēns) fresh, recent + connective -i- + -āre infinitive suffix
- Middle French rincer, Old French recincier
- Middle English ryncen 1300–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
rinse /rɪns/ vb (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 give a light tint to (hair)
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French rincer, from Latin recens fresh, newˈrinser n
- the act or an instance of rinsing
- a liquid preparation put on the hair when wet to give a tint to it: a blue rinse
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