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"Descolorido" is an adjective which is often translated as "faded", and "desteñido" is an adjective which is also often translated as "faded". Learn more about the difference between "descolorido" and "desteñido" below.
descolorido
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (bleached by the sun)
a. faded
Estas prendas están descoloridas porque llevan al sol una semana.These clothes are faded because they have been out in the sun for a week.
2. (pallid)
a. pale
Supe que Mario estaba mareado porque lo vi descolorido.I knew Mario was feeling dizzy because he was looking pale.
3. (changed in color or intensity)
a. discolored
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Use este tratamiento para avivar las hojas descoloridas de sus plantas.Use this treatment to bring life back to your plants' discolored leaves.
b. discoloured (United Kingdom)
Marni tiene la dentadura descolorida de tanto fumar.Marni's teeth are discoloured from all the smoking.
c. colorless
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Este pañuelo está algo descolorido porque es muy viejo, pero era precioso.This scarf is a little colorless because it's very old, but it used to be beautiful.
d. colourless (United Kingdom)
Antes de utilizar, compruebe que el líquido de la injección no esté descolorido.Check the liquid in the injection is colourless before using.
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desteñido(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. faded
Los estampados desteñidos ya no están de moda.Faded prints aren't fashionable anymore.
b. discolored
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
La lavadora dejó toda mi ropa desteñida.The washing machine left all my clothes discolored.
c. discoloured (United Kingdom)
El efecto desteñido de esta tela le da un aspecto vintage.The discoloured effect of this material gives it a vintage look.
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