Translation of rub in Spanish:
transitive verb -bb-
- 1.1 (with hand, finger) she rubbed the glass cleandon't rub your eye!frotó el cristal hasta que quedó limpioto rub one's hands together they will be rubbing their hands together (with glee) as they watch their shares soarno te restriegues or refriegues el ojorub the oil into your skinestarán frotándose las manos al ver cómo suben sus accionesrub the cream on your skinfrótese (la piel) or hágase fricciones con el aceiterub the fat into the flouraplíquese frotando la crema en la pielrub your hair dry with this towelmezclar la grasa y la harina con los dedosnot to have two farthings o halfpennies o pennies to rub together (British English) to rub somebody the wrong way (American English)sécate el pelo con esta toallacaerle mal a alguienExample sentences
Example sentences1.2 (clean, polish) she rubbed the silver until it shone
- Jerry Davis shook his head with a grim set to his firm jaw, rubbing the back of his neck with his large, callused hand.
- It is important not to just rub the skin over the area but to apply firm downward pressure with the thumb, knuckle or elbow.
- Julia has her arms crossed and she rubs them, obviously cold.
frotó la plata hasta que quedó relucienteExample sentences
- She swallowed hard and moved, rubbing the cloth over a greasy part of the counter yet to be attended to in her study.
- She moved away from the wall and rubbed a hand over her face.
- She found herself twirling her brown hair around her fingertips and rubbing the toe of her shoe on the floor.
- Next, a mixture of fine sea salt, cocoa, vitamin C and Chocolate Body Syrup is rubbed into the skin.
- The ointment must be rubbed into the area, not just applied superficially.
- At the time, a cream like substance was being rubbed onto my scalp.
intransitive verb -bb-
- 1.1 (get on) See examples: we rub along (together)
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
- I keep hoping his luck will rub off on me
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (remove)
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