The word ‘wash’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to clean with detergent and water or get carried in a different direction by flowing water.
- I washed the car and the dog today. (clean)
- The flood water washed the village away. (carried by flowing water)
Wash is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is washed.
phrasal verbs with wash
Phrasal verbs with ‘wash’ include:
- wash away
meaning – land/buildings/dirt etc. is carried away by water
example – I need to take my make-up off; I want to wash away the remains of the night before.
- wash down
meaning – drink something to help you swallow
example – I hate taking medicine. I usually wash it down with a glass of orange juice.
- wash out
meaning – remove colour/stains/dirt etc. or a total disaster
example – My party was a total wash out, only five people turned up.
- wash up
meaning – clean the dishes or something in the ocean is pushed to the shore
example – If I make dinner, will you wash up?
Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘wash’ in more detail and see some examples in use.