There are 2 main translations of wash in Spanish

: wash1Wash2


Pronunciation /wɔʃ//wɒʃ//wɑʃ/


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    • 1.1(act)

      I'll give the car/the carpet a wash voy a darle una lavada al coche/a la alfombra Latin America
      • give your face a good wash lávate bien la cara
      • I'll give my hair a wash me voy a lavar la cabeza / el pelo
      • to have a wash lavarse

    • 1.2(in washing machine)

      lavado masculine
      prewash and wash prelavado y lavado masculine
      • before noun wash cycle ciclo de lavado
      • wash program programa de lavado
      • Many women made their own soap and took a pride in hanging out a white wash.
      • When she looks at him, he starts to purr so she puts down her wash and scratches him behind the ears.
      • He helps with the evening meal, takes the little one swimming and talks the big one through his homework, bungs in a wash and then rolls up his sleeves for bathtime.
      • The outbuildings had rooms for drying beans, storing lumber, hanging the wash in bad weather.
      • Switching off the TV at night instead of leaving it on standby, saving the weekly wash until you've got a full load, and only boiling as much water as you need, can all save money.
      • I am ‘punished’ for not doing the wash by having only dirty clothes to wear.
      • I decided to use the opportunity to put on a wash.
      • She kept picking my clean sports clothes out of the wash.
      • I do have a little exfoliating cloth thing that I use sometimes and then throw into the wash with the other laundry.
      • Kathryn was cackling happily as she dropped Olivia's purple sock into the wash with her brother's white underclothes.

    • 1.3(laundry)

      I do a wash every Monday los lunes lavo la ropa
      • your shirt is in the wash (with the dirty laundry) tu camisa está con la ropa sucia
      • the colors ran in the wash los colores destiñeron al lavarlo

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    • 2.1(sound of waves)

      chapoteo masculine
      the gentle wash of the waves on the shore el suave batir de las olas contra la orilla
      • When we land near water, the wash from the blades moves them around like floating logs.
      • The 10 mph limit is no problem to the wildlife whose habitat is destroyed by pollutants and the wash from high-speed boats.
      • A witness was concerned the wash could endanger staff working on moored boats in the area, as well as swamping rowing boats in the Putney area.
      • The crew braces for shock, the boat shudders and a giant plume of boat wash is the only mark left in the faint moonlight as the boat races forward into harm's way.
      • Stand aft to look down on the wake frothing up from the propeller wash.
      • It has been impossible to go out in my steamboat because it is long and narrow and could easily be rolled over by the wash from speedboats.
      • My first thought was I had flown through jet wash from another aircraft.
      • The main problem, Ray says, is the wake or wash left by the boat.
      • The jet wash at 13,000 feet was testimony to how close we were to swapping more than ‘paint’ on that fateful day.
      • Another went racing across the wash of the boat, its sail and sickle shaped tail leaving no doubt as to its identity.
      • We passed over a number of waves created by their wash and then the last one swamped us.

    • 2.2(left by boat, plane)

      estela feminine

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    • 3.1(of paint)

      capa feminine
      mano feminine
      • His paintings have the quality of screen prints at times: flat blockiness competes with spongy washes and the enticing effect of dry pigment dragged across a surface.
      • The moon hung in the sky nearly full, spreading a luminous wash across the pale landscape.
      • Most of the time these techniques employ glazes or washes applied over a solid colored background color.
      • Using a thick brush, cover a sheet of paper with a bright wash of watery paint.
      • Stephens veils the pastoral subjects with milky washes that streak the surface, and a brown glaze that drips languorously down it.
      • While the paint is still damp, I drop blobs of brown paint onto the wet wash, creating a random spotted pattern.
      • Throughout his life, possibly because of crippling arthritis, his preferred medium was watercolour, painted in luminous washes within tight well-defined outlines.
      • Her variegated surfaces may be opaque or layered as transparent washes, glazed or scraped, scumbled, wiped down or sanded.
      • The exhibition starts with Ferron's darker compositions of the '40s; often the weave of the canvas is visible through thin washes of oil paint.
      • To produce his works, he screenprints one or more photographic images, sometimes a single one repeated, onto the canvas, overlaying them with acrylic washes of various densities.
      • A watercolour wash is a fluid made up of water in which the colour particles brushed from cakes of pigment are suspended.
      • I introduced a variety of glazing techniques including light washes, layering, blending, blotting, spraying and antiquing.
      • He'll mix it with pale washes of oil paint, but avoids getting into a paint process that would require thicker paint and building up layers of glazing.
      • Over the years Sol has used pencil, artist's crayon, Crayola crayons, chalk lines, ink washes and, as in our case, acrylic paint.
      • Both cabinets are made of sycamore entirely ebonized, and the panels are painted with washes of brown and amber, so that the golden color of the close-grained wood shows through.
      • The sun was setting in a wash of scarlet beyond the great hippodrome.
      • Three limpid watercolors reveal their development through a few washes applied to a pencil or ink line drawing, providing more graphic than chromatic complexity.
      • A blue-green wash, visible through the light coatings of varnish, surrounds the central form.
      • The approach is similar to painting with thin washes of oil or watercolor.
      • Finally, rub down the wood to remove the splinters, give it a thin wash of acrylic paint and brush on the clear preservative.

    • 3.2Art

      aguada feminine

There are 2 main translations of wash in Spanish

: wash1Wash2


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transitive verb

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    • 1.1(clean)

      (fruit/car/shirt) lavar
      (floor) fregar
      (floor) lavar Latin America
      to wash one's face/hair lavarse la cara/la cabeza / el pelo
      • to wash the dishes fregar / lavar los platos
      • don't try to wash the stain off no intentes quitar la mancha
      • to wash the shampoo out of one's hair aclararse el pelo
      • Make sure window coverings in your child's room can be washed or cleaned easily.
      • I lathered up and washed myself with honeysuckle-scented soap.
      • She expresses an interest in the attractive silk shirts they are washing.
      • The water was cold and she only had a sliver of soap to wash herself with.
      • She realized her dress was covered in dirt and soot, and that she had not washed herself in a few days.
      • Use separate chopping boards and utensils or wash them thoroughly to avoid cross-contamination between raw meat, and any cooked or ready-to-eat foods.
      • The plaintiffs had it cleaned and washed down on two occasions to get concrete and efflorescence off the walls.
      • If you do get scratched, wash the area thoroughly right away with soap and water.
      • Even curtains and blinds should be washed every now and then to remove dust.
      • After scrubbing with a nylon brush, thoroughly wash the area.
      • The books and papers will first be washed in clean water with a very mild detergent to remove the dirt and debris.
      • Trim the roots of the pak choi and thoroughly wash the leaves.
      • The only way I have found to get my spectacles really clean is to wash them in soap and warm water.
      • While everything cooks, wash and chop the parsley, dice the ham, toast the hazelnuts in a dry skillet and chop them roughly.
      • She took out few clean tomatoes and lettuce and washed them thoroughly.
      • Be sure to wash your own hands thoroughly after touching your child's eyes, and throw away items like gauze or cotton balls after they have been used.
      • After the children left laundry was sorted, washed and ironed.
      • Be sure to keep your hands away from your eyes until you've washed them thoroughly.
      • Every article of clothing reeks of foul-smelling smoke and those that cannot easily be washed have to be hung outside for days.
      • Each time it is returned, he merely washes it thoroughly and wears it again.

    • 1.2(for gold)

      (mud/gravel) lavar

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    • 2.1(carry away)

      the body had been washed ashore by the tide la corriente había arrastrado el cuerpo hasta la orilla
      • the wave nearly washed him overboard la ola casi lo arrojó por la borda
      • The rains are due but they will not supply enough water and will wash roads away, making aid deliveries tougher still.
      • While trying to swim across to safety six of them were washed away by strong water current.
      • In 1920 Mungerannie homestead was washed away by flood waters more than a metre high.
      • It was washed away by the flood waters of Chartiers Creek.
      • Obediently he did so, but the waters washed them ashore undamaged.
      • Police think the body may not have been spotted before because it may have been washed down to that location after heavy rain.
      • Three bridges along the main coast road have been washed away and helicopters were flying over flooded areas to help with rescue efforts.
      • When it rains storm water washes the accumulated waste into the water sources.
      • Eighteen people were missing after flood waters washed a bus off a national highway on Thursday.
      • The tidal waves washed away their raw materials and equipment.
      • Despite their efforts and curses, the winds and the rogue waves wash them past any seemingly habitable islands.
      • After rain, for example, it was relatively easy to find obsidian as the sand that covered it was washed away by the water.
      • I tilted my head back, letting the water wash the dust and sweat off my face.
      • Slowly, she lathered her body with the softly scented soap, watching as the water washed it away in rivulets down her arms.
      • When planting, always firm in the rootballs well and, until the roots establish, surround each plant with stones to ensure they are not washed away if the water level temporarily rises.
      • Beach profiles have been transformed, as the waters washed sand back out to sea.
      • Those organisms not securely fastened to the rocks will likely be torn free and washed ashore or carried into the open ocean.
      • A cloudburst on Sunday afternoon caused the river to flood and they were washed off a low-level bridge.
      • It replaced a lighthouse that had been built of wood and was washed away by the sea.
      • In 1978, a tropical cyclone, with destructive winds and huge waves, washed away large sections of the jetty near the shore.

    • 2.2literary (lap)

      bañar literary
      the sound of the waves washing the shore el sonido de las olas al bañar la orilla
      • The couple, from Doncaster, were sleeping in their first-floor bedroom when the first wave hit and floodwater washed through the ground floor of their hotel.
      • For every can of water he tossed out, another wave washed in.
      • The waves gently washed ashore, splashing on the rocks.
      • The Atlantic Ocean washes Spain's north coast, the far northwest corner adjacent to Portugal, and the far southwestern zone between the Portuguese border and the Strait of Gibraltar.
      • Yes, the climate is extreme, but there is a definite autumn, winter, spring and summer thanks to the Gulf Stream, which washes the coastline.
      • The waves washed straight across 200 of them and destroyed every house on them.
      • He'd been meditating when the first wave arrived, almost washing into the temple, and now he was coordinating the distribution of aid to approximately 2000 people.
      • I spent an hour mesmerised by the waves, washing in and out across the sand, every now and then throwing up coloured gems.
      • Men envisioned a Caribbean where trade and economic corporation flows as easily as the tides that wash these blessed shores.
      • The deaths were often blamed on the victims' lack of alertness for the large waves that occasionally washed ashore.
      • At sunset I lounge in my four-poster bed and watch as the waves wash onto the rocks, spray hitting the veranda.
      • So as the waves washed in and ran away again, she was soothed and mellowed.
      • The sun shone brightly in the sky and the waves washed smoothly over their feet.
      • For warm-water swimming you have to take a trip to the eastern coast, which is washed by the Indian Ocean, half an hour or so away.
      • Low sibilant noises pulled me out of dreams of cold ocean waves washing on a shale beach.
      • The waves washed against the cars and drenched those on the top.
      • After several attempts and with large waves washing through the lifeboat, Crewman Rogers managed to bring three people over the bow.
      • I dream of travelling to the countries that are washed by the Mediterranean Sea.
      • Also on clear water, look for any areas that are murky, perhaps close to in-flowing streams or where waves wash against a shoreline.
      • The Gulf Stream stopped washing the shores of northern Europe with the warm waters of the Caribbean thirteen years ago.
      • Beneath the Cape's rugged cliff faces, washed by blue, mauve and aquamarine seas, migrating humpback whales can be heard breathing at sunrise.
      • In Thailand, 30-foot waves washed ashore in the resort area of Phuket.
      • Soon, we had a new wall made from wet sand, and as the waves washed higher on the beach parts of that would collapse too.

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    (wall) pintar
    (wall) dar una mano de pintura a
    (color) extender
    • The outside was washed in red paint, which was chipping due to age and weather conditions.

intransitive verb

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    • 1.1(clean oneself)

      (cat/person) lavarse
      she prefers to wash in cold water prefiere lavarse con agua fría
      • Inside, I filled my hands with soap, and washed furiously.
      • The warm water greeted her and Heather began washing.
      • To protect your face, we recommend that you wash with mild facial soap and lukewarm, not hot, water.
      • She lathered her hands up with the rose smelling soap and began to wash.
      • Areas of skin which are affected by psoriasis must be treated gently when you are washing.
      • I really feel in this day and age, everyone should be able to drink and wash in clean water.
      • Then I'd wash, clean my teeth, eat the meal and go to school.
      • It's rotten having to wash in salt water as the soap won't lather in the slightest although it is supposed to be salt water soap.
      • The men, both in their mid-forties, bearded and dressed in the local traditional baggy long shirt and trousers, washed, ate, prayed and then talked.
      • The operator should wash thoroughly with soap and water before eating and smoking.
      • He scrubbed and soaped and washed and finally just relaxed.
      • The patient revealed that he was visiting his wife's family and had washed with a scented soap sold by one of the nearby upscale stores.
      • Then I quickly washed, dressed, combed my hair, and used cosmetics on my face.
      • I washed and dressed in brown breeches and a black coat, not wanting to be encumbered by my heavy cloak.
      • I cleaned and scrubbed, washed and purified, showered and bathed and sponged and splashed.
      • She finishes washing and dresses promptly in an active attire of trousers and tunic instead of a gown.
      • They were told to wash with soap and water and were sent home.
      • Despite the coolness of that morning, he was ordered to crouch naked and wash with soap under the cold water.
      • To keep the colds away and to preserve your skin, stick to natural soaps, moisturise with lotions, wash frequently and use water!
      • I shoved my hands into the scalding water and began to wash.

    • 1.2(do dishes)


    • 1.3(do laundry)

      (washing machine/person) lavar (la ropa)
      (person/washing machine) hacer la colada Spain
      • Fewer young people can be seen there, only kids playing outside and elders washing or cooking.
      • Then I look around and realise I haven't had time to wash or clean for three weeks and resignedly start picking at the bring-and-buy sale ranged round the bed.
      • Women buy and sell in the markets, cook, wash, care for the pigs, and prepare offerings.
      • One night I was in the laundry room reading and washing and Karen came in with a basket of clothes.
      • She had cooked and washed for the men, always at knifepoint.
      • With the weed-spraying business she had to cook and wash and iron and generally look after hordes of itinerant workmen, as well as her own sons and husband.
      • I know I'm gonna want somewhere to cook, wash, fall back on.
      • In addition to washing, cooking, and performing custodial chores, some of these women sold baked goods and took in sewing.
      • But the lady who washes and cooks for us was also happy the party had won the local Assembly seat.
      • My parents came to stay on Saturday, so most of last week was spent trying to get everything done at work then going straight home to tidy, clean, wash etc.
      • They cook, wash, sell goods, provide medical advice.
      • The prisoners were also made to cook and wash for the militiamen, who are mostly from nomadic tribes and who travel by horse and camel.
      • What do you do when you're not ironing, washing, cooking, and taking the children to and from school?
      • She didn't talk much when she wasn't washing or cooking.
      • The river is where much of Southeast Asia comes alive, so expect to see children frolicking, men cormorant fishing and women washing and cooking in the shallows.
      • But for those who embrace traditional ideas about family roles, it is rather weird to see men busy cooking and washing.
      • He washed, scrubbed and cooked for all the people on board.
      • For the first time in their lives I am cooking, washing and taking them to swimming at 5 o' clock in the morning every single day rather than once in a while.

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    (come clean)
    this shirt washes well esta camisa se lava bien
    • the mud will wash off easily será fácil quitar(le) el barro
    • it won't wash no va a colar
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    the water washed against the rocks el agua batía contra las rocas