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 (lă-vā′shən, lā-)
The process of washing; a cleansing.

[Latin lavātiō, lavātiōn-, from lavātus, past participle of lavāre, to wash; see lave.]


formal or literary the act or process of washing
[C17: from Latin lavātio, from lavāre to wash]
laˈvational adj


(leɪˈveɪ ʃən)

the process of washing.
[1620–30; < Latin lavātiō a washing =lavā(re) to wash + -tiō -tion]
la•va′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lavation - the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)lavation - the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
washup, bathing - the act of washing yourself (or another person)
ablution - the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
dishwashing, washup - the act of washing dishes
washing-up - the washing of dishes etc after a meal
window-washing - the activity of washing windows
rinse - washing lightly without soap
soak, soaking - washing something by allowing it to soak
rinsing, rinse - the removal of soap with clean water in the final stage of washing
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
laundering - washing clothes and bed linens