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1 the capital of the United States in the District of Columbia and a tourist mecca; George Washington commissioned Charles l'Enfant to lay out the city in 1791 [syn: Washington D.C., American capital, capital of the United States]
2 a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific [syn: Evergreen State, WA]
3 the federal government of the United States [syn: Capitol]
4 1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799) [syn: George Washington, President Washington]
5 United States educator who was born a slave but became educated and founded a college at Tuskegee in Alabama (1856-1915) [syn: Booker T. Washington, Booker Taliaferro Washington]

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Habitational surname from the Old English place name "settlement of (a person named) Wassa".

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  1. George Washington, the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and first President of the United States of America, from 1789 to 1797.
  2. Washington, D.C., the federal capital of the United States since 1800.
  3. In the context of "by synecdoche": The government or administrative authority of the United States.
    "Washington’s conclusion that Israel likely misused U.S.-made cluster munitions by firing them at civilian areas in Lebanon has brought new pressure on Israel to review its wartime practices." — Cluster-bomb report weighs on Israel, Yahoo News, January 30, 2007.
  4. A Capital: Olympia.
  5. A town in the county of Tyne and Wear in the Northeast of England.
  6. A given name popular during the first century of American independence, also in the form George Washington.



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