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
    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?

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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.