Quick answer
"Wipe" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "limpiar", and "clean" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "limpiar". Learn more about the difference between "wipe" and "clean" below.
wipe(
wayp
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to clean)
a. limpiar
The worker wiped the counters with clean towels and disinfectant.El trabajador limplió los mostradores con toallas limpias y desinfectante.
b. secar
She wiped the mirror with a rag so she could see her reflection better.Secó el espejo con un trapo para poder ver su reflejo mejor.
c. pasar
She wiped a clean handkerchief over her son's cheek.Pasó un pañuelo limpio por la mejilla de su hijo.
d. pasar un trapo a
I already finished washing my car. I'm just wiping the windshield.Ya acabo de lavar mi carro. Solo estoy pasando un trapo al parabrisas.
e. limpiar con un trapo
She wiped the canvas before she applied paint to it.Limpió el lienzo con un trapo antes de aplicar la pintura.
2. (to remove)
a. limpiarse
Lady Macbeth tried to wipe the blood from her hands, but it would not come off.Lacy Macbeth trató de limpiarse la sangre de sus manos, pero no salía.
b. secarse
Wipe those tears from your eyes. Everything is going to be okay.Sécate las lágrimas de los ojos. Todo va a salir bien.
3. (to erase)
a. borrar
To preserve their historical image, the organization wiped any news relating to the scandal.Por conservar su imagen histórica, la organización borró cualquier noticia con relación al escándalo.
4. (computing)
a. borrar
Before you return the computer to him, can you wipe the memory?Antes de que le devuelvas la computadora, ¿puedes borrarle la memoria?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to make dry dishes)
a. secar
If I wash the dishes, will you wipe?Si yo lavo la vajilla, ¿tú la secarías?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (cloth used for hygiene)
a. la toallita húmeda
(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).
We were out of toilet paper, so we had to resort to using baby wipes.Se nos acabó el papel higiénico, así que tuvimos que usar toallitas húmedas de bebé.
7. (action of wiping)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
That table looks a little dusty. Could you give it a wipe?Esa mesa parece un poco llena de polvo. ¿Podrías darle una pasada con un trapo?
There are a few smudges on the mirror, so I am going to give it a wipe.Hay unas manchas en el espejo, así que voy a pasarle un trapo.
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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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