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American English: /ɔɪl/
British English: /ɔɪl/

Translation of oil in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (petroleum) to strike oil [colloquial]
    dar con una mina de oro or con la gallina de los huevos de oro [colloquial]
    (lit: reach oil) encontrar petróleo
    the oil industry
    la industria petrolera
    oil pollution
    contaminación (feminine) petrolífera or de petróleo
    Example sentences
    • On August 5 a boat collided with the oil tanker causing more than 85 tons of oil to spill into the river and coastal wetlands.
    • House wants to stick us with the tab for prolonging our destructive dependence on fossil fuels, foreign oil and dangerous nuclear technology.
    • In 1912, a small economic boom was fueled by drilling for oil, but it was short-lived.
    1.2 (lubricant) to change/check the oil
    cambiar/revisar el (nivel del) aceite
    to pour oil on troubled waters
    tratar de apaciguar los ánimos
    (before noun) oil change
    cambio (masculine) de aceite
    oil filter
    filtro (masculine) del aceite
    oil level
    nivel (masculine) del aceite
    oil pressure
    presión (masculine) del aceite
    Example sentences
    • That competition is helping the world move away from carbon-rich fuels, like oil and coal.
    • Ireland's heavy reliance on fossil fuels such as oil and coal is not sustainable for the future, he said.
    • At the moment islanders have to rely on a mixture of oil, solid fuel and small hydro schemes which are unreliable and expensive.
    also: fuel oil
    1.4 (for domestic heating)
    gasóleo (masculine) de calefacción
    gasoil (masculine) de calefacción
    fuel(-oil) (masculine) doméstico
    1.5 (for domestic lamps, stoves) to burn the midnight oil
  • 2 uncountable or countable 2.1 (Cookery) (before noun) oil and vinegar dressing
    Example sentences
    • The last group includes energy food, including animal and plant oil, starch and wine.
    • Three bottles of high quality essential oils infused into pure, skin-softening organic apricot kernel oil.
    • Biodiesel is an alternative fuel that can be made out of anything from organic canola oil to used cooking grease from fast-food restaurants.
    2.2 (essence)
  • 3 3.1 countable (painting) a collection of oils
    una colección de óleos
    Example sentences
    • These oils on canvas rework that fulcrum of modernist painting, the grid.
    • This remarkably representative exhibits of 42 oils and gouaches from that later period suggest why.
    • The company deals in originals, oils, acrylics, watercolors and serigraphs.
    also: oils plural
    (paints) he paints in oils
    pinta al óleo
    a portrait in oils
    un retrato al óleo
    see alsooil painting

transitive verb

  • 1
    darle aceite a
    Example sentences
    • Place the balls onto a lightly oiled baking tray and bake them for about 20 minutes, so they are slightly browned.
    • Lightly oil a 12-hole muffin tray then line each mould with a bacon rasher.
    • After coupling to the coach, No. 823 was coaled manually and then had to reverse down the shed road to be oiled and greased for the return journey.
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