Synonyms of wash in English:

wash


See definition of wash

verb

1‘he reached for the soap and began to wash’

SYNONYMS
clean oneself, have a wash, wash oneself
bathe, bath, shower, have a bath, have a shower, take a bath, take a shower, soak, douche, freshen up
North American wash up
formal, humorous perform one's ablutions
dated make one's toilet

2‘Melissa slipped indoors to wash her face and hands’

SYNONYMS
clean, cleanse, sponge, scrub, wipe, scour
literary lave
ANTONYMS

dirty, soil

3‘I washed and waxed the floor’

SYNONYMS
clean, cleanse, sponge, scrub, mop, hose down, squeegee, sluice, sluice down, swill, swill down, douse, swab, swab down, flush, disinfect
ANTONYMS

dirty, soil

4‘she washed off the dried blood’

SYNONYMS
remove by washing, sponge off, scrub off, wipe off, rinse off, remove, flush away, flush out, expunge, eradicate

5‘a few women were washing clothes beside the shore’

SYNONYMS
launder, clean, rinse, rinse out
dry-clean
literary lave

6‘I must shower and wash my hair’

SYNONYMS
shampoo, lather, clean

7‘gentle waves were washing against the hull’

SYNONYMS
splash, lap, splosh, dash, break, beat, strike, sweep, move, surge, ripple, roll, flow
literary plash, lave

8‘wreckage was washed up on the coast of Alaska’

SYNONYMS
sweep, carry, convey, transport, move, deliver, deposit, drive

9‘a wave of guilt washed over her’

SYNONYMS
affect, rush over, rush through, thrill through, race over, surge through, course through, flood over, flow over, sweep over, flutter through

10‘the stonework was washed with water-based paint’

SYNONYMS
paint, colour, apply paint to, tint, highlight, shade, dye, stain, distemper
coat, cover

11‘copper washed with silver’

SYNONYMS
plate, cover, coat, overlay, laminate, veneer, glaze, gild, silver

12‘people will see that this budget is merely an election bribe and it won't wash’

SYNONYMS
be accepted, be acceptable, be plausible, be convincing, hold up, hold water, stand up, bear scrutiny, stand the test of time, be believable, be credible, pass muster, prove true, make sense
informal stick

noun

1‘her hair needs a wash’

SYNONYMS
clean, cleaning, cleansing
shower, douche, dip, bath, soak
formal, humorous ablutions
rare lavation

2‘that shirt should really go in the wash straight away’

SYNONYMS
laundry, washing
dirty washing, dirty clothes, soiled linen
British dated bagwash

3‘an antiseptic skin wash’

SYNONYMS
lotion, salve, application, preparation, rinse, liquid, liniment, embrocation, emulsion

4‘his jet ski ploughed into the wash of a motor boat’

SYNONYMS
backwash, backflow, wake, trail, train, path
churning, disturbance

5‘the wash of the waves on the pebbled beach’

SYNONYMS
surge, flow, swell, welling, sweep, undulation, rise and fall, ebb and flow, roll, splash

6‘water was applied to thin out the crayon into a wash’

SYNONYMS
paint, stain, varnish, coat, layer, film, overlay

Phrases

    wash something away

    ‘about two acres of land has been washed away’


    SYNONYMS

    erode, abrade, wear away, corrode, eat away, eat into, denude, grind down, undermine

    wash up

    ‘I cook for him, but he usually washes up’


    SYNONYMS

    wash the dishes, wash the crockery, do the dishes, do the washing-up

    wash one's hands of

    ‘I'm going to wash my hands of the whole business’


    SYNONYMS

    disown, disclaim, renounce, reject, abjure, forswear, disavow, have nothing to do with, have done with, be finished with, be through with, give up on, turn one's back on, cast aside, end relations with, abandon

    Law

    disaffirm

    wash something up

    ‘he washed up the dishes’


    SYNONYMS

    clean, rinse, do, scrub, scour