- 1 countable 1.1 (act) See examples: I'll give the car/the carpet a washgive your face a good washvoy a lavar el coche/la alfombravoy a darle una lavada al coche/a la alfombra (Latin America)I'll give my hair a washlávate bien la carato have a washme voy a lavar la cabeza or el pelo1.2lavarse(in washing machine)prewash and wash(before noun) wash cycle/programprelavado (masculine) y lavadociclo (masculine) /programa (masculine) de lavadoExample sentences1.3 (laundry) See examples: I do a wash every Monday
your shirt is in the washlos lunes lavo la ropa or (in Spain also) hago la colada(with the dirty laundry)tu camisa está con la ropa sucia(being washed)the colors ran in the washtu camisa está lavándoseit will all come out in the wash [colloquial]los colores destiñeron al lavarlo(things will sort themselves out)todo se va a arreglar(all will be revealed)ya se revelará todo
- She kept picking my clean sports clothes out of the wash.
- Kathryn was cackling happily as she dropped Olivia's purple sock into the wash with her brother's white underclothes.
- I am ‘punished’ for not doing the wash by having only dirty clothes to wear.
- 2 uncountable 2.1(sound of waves)the gentle wash of the waves on the shore2.2el suave batir de las olas contra la orilla(left by boat, plane)Example sentences
- Another went racing across the wash of the boat, its sail and sickle shaped tail leaving no doubt as to its identity.
- Stand aft to look down on the wake frothing up from the propeller wash.
- When we land near water, the wash from the blades moves them around like floating logs.
- 3 uncountable and countable 3.1 3.2 (Art)Example sentences
- Her variegated surfaces may be opaque or layered as transparent washes, glazed or scraped, scumbled, wiped down or sanded.
- The moon hung in the sky nearly full, spreading a luminous wash across the pale landscape.
- 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.
- 1 1.1 (clean)(shirt/car/fruit)to wash one's face/hairto wash the disheslavarse la cara/la cabeza or el pelodon't try to wash the stain offfregar or lavar los platosto wash the shampoo out of one's hairno intentes quitar la mancha1.2 (for gold)enjuagarse or (Spain) aclararse el pelo(gravel/mud)Example sentences
- The only way I have found to get my spectacles really clean is to wash them in soap and warm water.
- I lathered up and washed myself with honeysuckle-scented soap.
- The plaintiffs had it cleaned and washed down on two occasions to get concrete and efflorescence off the walls.
- 2 2.1 (carry away) the body had been washed ashore by the tidethe wave nearly washed him overboardla corriente había arrastrado el cuerpo hasta la orillasee also→ wash away, → wash up 2.2 (lap) [literary] the sound of the waves washing the shorela ola casi lo arrojó por la bordael sonido de las olas al bañar la orillaExample sentences
- The waves gently washed ashore, splashing on the rocks.
- After several attempts and with large waves washing through the lifeboat, Crewman Rogers managed to bring three people over the bow.
- In Thailand, 30-foot waves washed ashore in the resort area of Phuket.
- 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.
- The Gulf Stream stopped washing the shores of northern Europe with the warm waters of the Caribbean thirteen years ago.
- 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.
- Eighteen people were missing after flood waters washed a bus off a national highway on Thursday.
- While trying to swim across to safety six of them were washed away by strong water current.
- After rain, for example, it was relatively easy to find obsidian as the sand that covered it was washed away by the water.
- 1 1.1 (clean oneself)(person/cat)she prefers to wash in cold waterlavarse1.2 (do dishes) 1.3 (do laundry)prefiere lavarse con agua fríaExample sentences
- One night I was in the laundry room reading and washing and Karen came in with a basket of clothes.
- 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.
- What do you do when you're not ironing, washing, cooking, and taking the children to and from school?
- They were told to wash with soap and water and were sent home.
- I really feel in this day and age, everyone should be able to drink and wash in clean water.
- She lathered her hands up with the rose smelling soap and began to wash.
- 2 (come clean) See examples: this shirt washes wellthe mud will wash off easilyesta camisa se lava bienit won't wash [colloquial]será fácil quitar(le) el barroher excuses just won't wash with me any moreno va a colar [colloquial]no me voy a volver a tragar sus excusas [colloquial]
- 3 (wave/water) (+ adverb complement) the water washed against the rockssee also→ wash overel agua batía contra las rocas
- 1.1 (carry away)
- 1.1 (clean)
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (sink/cloth) (clean)
- 1verb + adverb 1.1 (wash oneself)
(paintwork/wall)1.2 (accompany) [colloquial]a plate of pasta washed down with the local wine
un plato de pasta acompañado del vino de la región or rociado con el vino de la región
(rinse)go and wash your mouth out
vete a lavar esa boca con jabón
(color)1.3 (prevent, spoil) [colloquial]heavy rain washed out most of the games
2verb + adverb 2.1 (disappear) See examples: the stain will wash out
fuertes lluvias hicieron que se cancelara la mayoría de los partidos
2.2 (fail course)
la mancha saldrá or se quitará al lavarlo
(American English) [slang]
(waves/water)to let something wash over oneshe lets their criticism wash over her
I don't pay any attention to their quarreling, I just let it all wash over me
sus críticas le resbalan
I let the music wash over me
sus peleas me tienen sin cuidado: los oigo como quien oye llover
dejé que la música me envolviera
me dejé llevar por la música
(American English)1.2 (float ashore)
1.3 (wash dishes)
ser traído por la corriente
(British English)2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (deposit) (usually passive) to be washed up (body/debris/wreckage)
lavar los platos
ser traído por la corriente
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