What does ‘wash’ mean?

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.​

For example:

  • 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 (land/buildings removed by water)
  • Wash down (drink to help swallow)
  • Wash out (remove colour/stains/dirt etc.)
  • Wash up (clean the dishes)
phrasal verbs with wash

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘wash’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with wash - wash away
phrasal verbs with wash - wash down
phrasal verbs with wash - wash out
phrasal verbs with wash - wash up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with wash below.