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American English: /spəndʒ/
British English: /spʌn(d)ʒ/

Translation of sponge in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 countable (Zoology)
    Example sentences
    • Other images are just as mystifying the spine of a sea urchin, sharks' teeth, sponges and ascidians, to name a few.
    • Chinese scholar's rocks, coral and sponges come to mind.
    1.2 countable (for bath) throw in 3
    Example sentences
    • This increases insulation and avoids the need for surface treatment, while the vegetation absorbs rain like a sponge, reducing or at least delaying run-off.
    • These people just don't sip, they imbibe, they absorb liquor like dehydrated sponges, letting the story-soothing booze flow through their veins until it seeps from their pores in the squalid stench of defeat.
    • Be a sponge - absorb as much inspiration as you can from watching other artists perform.
    1.3 (wipe) [colloquial] (no plural) give your face a quick sponge
    pásate una esponja ( or una toalla húmeda etc) por la cara
  • 2 countable or uncountable (Cookery)sponge (cake)
    Example sentences
    • Eat hot with warm sponge cake or madeleines or eat thoroughly chilled aside a little mound of equal quantities of thick yoghurt and whipped cream.
    • Sometimes a different fruit is used and some cooks may substitute sponge cake for shortcake; but no alternative version can match the excellence of the original.
    • Arrowroot, a major cash crop, is used in desserts, including arrowroot sponge cake and arrowroot custard.

transitive verb

  • 1 (clean)
    pasar una esponja ( or una toalla húmeda etc) por
    sponge your face
    pásate una esponja ( or una toalla húmeda etc) por la cara
    to sponge the dirt off something
    limpiar algo con una esponja/con un trapo
    Example sentences
    • Then she pulled the soiled blankets from beneath him, before sponging him down as she had the previous evening and wrapping him in a fresh set of sheets.
    • She gently sponged Priss’ back, watching the muscles flex against her movement.
    • Once he had been sponged and dressed by silent attendants, Hakida had lead him to a carriage and ushered him inside, then on the bumpy ride to the Vistula Temple beneath black clouds informed him of what he was to do.

intransitive verb

Phrasal verbs

sponge down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
pasarle una esponja mojada a
limpiar con una esponja mojada

sponge up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(liquid/spillage) (con una esponja)

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