Quick answer
"Clean" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "limpiar", and "neat" is an adjective which is often translated as "ordenado". Learn more about the difference between "clean" and "neat" below.
clean(
klin
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to wash)
a. limpiar
I usually clean my house on Saturday.Suelo limpiar la casa los sábados.
b. lavar
You should clean the fruit before eating it.Deberías lavar la fruta antes de comerla.
c. borrar
Clean the chalkboard with a wet wipe.Borra la pizarra con una bayeta mojada.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (not dirty)
a. limpio
I gave my son a clean T-shirt after the game.Le di a mi hijo una camiseta limpia después del partido.
3. (pure)
a. limpio
The water from the stream may seem clean enough to the eye, but it is not drinkable.El agua del arroyo puede parecer limpia a simple vista, pero no es potable.
b. puro
I love the clean air of the mountains.Me encanta el aire puro de las montañas.
c. refrescante
The clean taste of the lemon juice brings out all the other flavors of the salad.El sabor refrescante del jugo de limón hace resaltar todos los demás sabores de la ensalada.
d. no contaminante
We should use clean energy to protect the environment.Deberíamos utilizar energía no contaminante para proteger el medioambiente.
4. (not indecent)
a. decente
No swearwords, only clean language is allowed during our meetings.Ningún taco, solo se permite lenguaje decente en nuestras reuniones.
b. inocente
We should only crack clean jokes when children are around.Solo deberíamos contar chistes inocentes cuando anden los niños por aquí.
5. (even)
a. nítido
The clean strokes are constant in the artist's work.Los trazos nítidos son una constante en la obra del artista.
b. bien definido
The boundaries must be clean to avoid any confusion.Los límites deben estar bien definidos para evitar toda confusión.
6. (untarnished)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He avoided the prison sentence because his criminal record was clean.Evitó la pena de cárcel porque no tenía antecedentes penales.
My son is a great student and has a clean reputation.Mi hijo es gran estudiante y tiene una reputación impecable.
7. (religious)
a. puro
According to some religions, the pig is not a clean animal.Según algunas religiones, el cerdo no es un animal puro.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(not possessing or doing anything illegal)
a. limpio
After a month in rehab, he was clean.Tras un mes desintoxicándose, estaba limpio.
9. (without interferences)
a. sin problemas
It was a clean operation and everything went as expected.Fue una operación sin problemas y todo ocurrió como estaba previsto.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(completely)
a. por completo
She clean forgot her appointment with the doctor.Se le olvidó por completo su cita con el médico.
11. (fairly)
a. limpio
This team always plays clean.Este equipo siempre juega limpio.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
12. (act of cleaning)
a. la limpieza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Give the bathroom a good clean with bleach.Dale una buena limpieza al baño con lejía.
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neat(
nit
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (tidy)
a. ordenado
If you want to go to the movies, I want to see your room neat.Si quieres ir al cine, quiero ver tu habitación ordenada.
b. bien cuidado
The gardener keeps our garden very neat.El jardinero mantiene nuestro jardín bien cuidado.
c. pulcro
The kitchen is looking very neat now.La cocina se ve muy pulcra ahora.
d. aseado
I want the house to be nice and neat for our guests.Quiero que la casa esté bien aseada para nuestros invitados.
e. nítido
You have very neat handwriting.Tienes la escritura muy nítida.
f. prolijo
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
Regionalism used in Paraguay
(Paraguay)
Regionalism used in Uruguay
(Uruguay)
Beto looks so nice with his hair all neat.Beto se van tan lindo con su cabello todo prolijo.
2. (cool)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. genial
That's a neat phone you have. Where did you get it?Ese teléfono que tienes está genial. ¿Dónde lo compraste?
b. fantástico
Your outfit is really neat. I like it a lot.Tu atuendo está fantástico. Me gusta mucho.
c. chévere
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I just heard a neat new song.Acabo de escuchar una nueva canción chévere.
d. padre
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
What a neat pick-up!¡Qué padre está tu camioneta!
e. encachado
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Bolivia
(Bolivia)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
The view from here is really neat.La vista desde aquí está muy encachada.
3. (straight)
a. solo
I'll have a tequila neat please.Dame un tequila solo, por favor.
4. (clever)
a. ingenioso
Your design for the new system is really neat.Tu diseño para el sistema nuevo es muy ingenioso.
5. (compact)
a. bien proporcionado
Aurora has a neat figure.Aurora tiene una figura bien proporcionada.
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