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American English: /wɑʃ/
, /wɔʃ/
British English: /wɒʃ/


  • 1 countable 1.1 (act) I'll give the car/the carpet a wash
    voy a lavar el coche/la alfombra
    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 or el pelo
    to have a wash
    1.2 (in washing machine) prewash and wash
    prelavado (masculine) y lavado
    (before noun) wash cycle/program
    ciclo (masculine) /programa (masculine) de lavado
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.3 (laundry) I do a wash every Monday
    los lunes lavo la ropa or (Spain also) hago la colada
    your shirt is in the wash
    (with the dirty laundry) tu camisa está con la ropa sucia
    (being washed) tu camisa está lavándose
    the colors ran in the wash
    los colores destiñeron al lavarlo
    it will all come out in the wash [colloquial]
    (things will sort themselves out) todo se va a arreglar
    (all will be revealed) ya se revelará todo
  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (sound of waves) the gentle wash of the waves on the shore
    el suave batir de las olas contra la orilla
    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.
    2.2 (left by boat, plane)
  • 3 uncountable and countable 3.1 (of paint)
    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.
    3.2 (Art)

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (clean)
    lavar (esp Latin America)
    to wash one's face/hair
    lavarse la cara/la cabeza or el pelo
    to wash the dishes
    fregar or 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
    enjuagarse or (Spain) aclararse el pelo
    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.
    1.2 (for gold)
  • 2 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
    see alsowash away, → wash up
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    2.2 (lap) [literary]
    bañar [literary]
    the sound of the waves washing the shore
    el sonido de las olas al bañar la orilla
    Example 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 (paint) (Building)
    dar una mano de pintura a
    Example sentences
    • The outside was washed in red paint, which was chipping due to age and weather conditions.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (clean oneself)
    she prefers to wash in cold water
    prefiere lavarse con agua fría
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (do dishes) 1.3 (do laundry)
    (washing machine/person)
    lavar (la ropa)
    hacer la colada (Spain)
    Example 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?
  • 2 (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 [colloquial]
    no va a colar [colloquial]
    her excuses just won't wash with me any more
    no me voy a volver a tragar sus excusas [colloquial]
  • 3 (wave/water) (+ adverb complement) the water washed against the rocks
    el agua batía contra las rocas
    see alsowash over

Phrasal verbs

wash away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (carry away)
arrasar con
2 (cleanse)
quitar (lavando)

wash down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (clean)
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

wash out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (sink/cloth) (clean)
(rinse) enjuagar
go and wash your mouth out
vete a lavar esa boca con jabón
1.2 (remove)
1.3 (prevent, spoil) [colloquial]heavy rain washed out most of the games
fuertes lluvias hicieron que se cancelara la mayoría de los partidos
2verb + adverb 2.1 (disappear) the stain will wash out
la mancha saldrá or se quitará al lavarlo
2.2 (fail course) (US) [slang]
ser reprobado

wash over

verb + preposition + object
to let something wash over oneshe lets their criticism wash over her
sus críticas le resbalan
I don't pay any attention to their quarreling, I just let it all wash over me
sus peleas me tienen sin cuidado: los oigo como quien oye llover
I let the music wash over me
dejé que la música me envolviera
me dejé llevar por la música

wash up

1verb + adverb 1.1 (wash oneself) (US)
1.2 (float ashore)
ser traído por la corriente
1.3 (wash dishes) (British)
lavar los platos
fregar (los platos)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (deposit) (usually passive) to be washed up (body/debris/wreckage)
ser traído por la corriente
(dishes) (British)
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