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reflexive verb
1. (to clean oneself)
a. to wash
Lávate bien las manos antes de tocarte los ojos.Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes.
transitive verb
2. (to clean)
a. to wash
Tienes que lavar la fruta antes de comértela.You must wash the fruit before eating it.
b. to launder (clothes, linens)
¿Quieres que te lave esta camisa?Do you want me to launder this shirt for you?
transitive verb
1. to wash (limpiar)
  • lavar a mano to hand-wash, to wash by hand
  • lavar y marcar shampoo and set
  • lavar en seco to dry-clean
  • lavarle el cerebro a alguien (figurative) to brainwash somebody
2. to clear (honor); to make up for (ofensa)
intransitive verb
3. to get things clean (detergente)
4. to do the washing (hacer la colada)
pronominal verb
1. to wash
  • espera un momento, que me estoy lavando hold on a minute, I'm washing o I'm getting washed
  • lavarse las manos/la cara to wash one's hands/face
  • lavarse los dientes to brush o clean one's teeth
transitive verb
1 (limpiar) to wash
lávale la cabeza a la niña wash the child's hair; lavar los platos to wash the dishes; do the washing up; lavar en seco to dry-clean; lavar y marcar to shampoo and set; tejanos lavados a la piedra stonewashed jeans; camisa de lava y pon drip-dry shirt
2 [+dinero] to launder
3 [+honor, ofensa, pecado] to wash away
4 (Minería) to wash
pronominal verb
lavarse to wash; have a wash
tengo que lavarme antes de salir I need to wash o have a wash before going out; lavarse los dientes to clean one's teeth; me lavé las manos antes de comer I washed my hands before eating; el gobierno se lavó las manos ante este asunto the government washed their hands of the whole affair
Verb Conjugations for lavar
Gerund: lavando
Participle: lavado
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