- 1 countable 1.1 (act) I'll give the car/the carpet a washvoy a lavar el coche/la alfombravoy a darle una lavada al coche/a la alfombra (Latin America)give your face a good washlávate bien la caraI'll give my hair a washme voy a lavar la cabeza or el peloto have a washlavarse1.2 (in washing machine) prewash and washprelavado (masculine) y lavado(before noun) wash cycle/programciclo (masculine) /programa (masculine) de lavadoExample sentences1.3 (laundry) I do a wash every Monday
los lunes lavo la ropa or (Spain tb) hago la coladayour shirt is in the wash(with the dirty laundry) tu camisa está con la ropa sucia(being washed) tu camisa está lavándosethe colors ran in the washlos colores destiñeron al lavarloit 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
- 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 shoreel suave batir de las olas contra la orillaExample sentences2.2 (left by boat, plane)
- 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 or countable 3.1 (of paint)Example sentences3.2 (Art)
- 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)
lavar(floor)to wash one's face/hair
lavar (esp Latin America)lavarse la cara/la cabeza or el peloto wash the dishesfregar or lavar los platosdon't try to wash the stain offno intentes quitar la manchato wash the shampoo out of one's hairenjuagarse or (Spain) aclararse el peloExample sentences1.2 (for gold)
- 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 tidela corriente había arrastrado el cuerpo hasta la orillathe wave nearly washed him overboardla ola casi lo arrojó por la bordasee also→ wash away, → wash upExample sentences2.2 (lap) [literary]
bañar [literary]the sound of the waves washing the shoreel sonido de las olas al bañar la orillaExample 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.
- 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.
- 1 1.1 (clean oneself)(person/cat)she prefers to wash in cold water
lavarseprefiere lavarse con agua fríaExample sentences1.2 (do dishes) 1.3 (do laundry)
- 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.
- 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 wellesta camisa se lava bienthe mud will wash off easilyserá fácil quitar(le) el barroit won't wash [colloquial]no va a colar [colloquial]her excuses just won't wash with me any moreno me voy a volver a tragar sus excusas [colloquial]
- 3 (wave/water) (+ adverb complement) the water washed against the rocksel agua batía contra las rocassee also→ wash over
- 1 (carry away)
- 1 (clean)
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (sink/cloth) (clean)
- 1verb + adverb 1.1 (wash oneself) (American English)
(paintwork/wall)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) enjuagargo and wash your mouth out
vete a lavar esa boca con jabón1.2 (remove)
(color)1.3 (prevent, spoil) [colloquial]heavy rain washed out most of the games
fuertes lluvias hicieron que se cancelara la mayoría de los partidos2verb + adverb 2.1 (disappear) the stain will wash out
la mancha saldrá or se quitará al lavarlo2.2 (fail course) (American English) [slang]
(waves/water)to let something wash over oneshe lets their criticism wash over her
sus críticas le resbalanI 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 lloverI let the music wash over me
dejé que la música me envolviera
me dejé llevar por la música
me dejé llevar por la música
lavarse1.2 (float ashore)
ser traído por la corriente1.3 (wash dishes) (British English)
lavar los platos2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (deposit) (usually passive) to be washed up (body/debris/wreckage)
fregar (los platos)
fregar (los platos)
ser traído por la corriente2.2