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blanqueabas
-you were whitening
Imperfectconjugation ofblanquear.
blanqueabas
-you were whitening
Imperfectvosconjugation ofblanquear.

blanquear

blanquear(
blahng
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keh
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to turn white)
a. to whiten
Deberías blanquearte los dientes porque los tienes amarillos de tanto fumar.You should have your teeth whitened; they're yellow from all that smoking.
b. to bleach (clothing)
Quiero blanquear los manteles para que desaparezcan todas las manchas.I want to bleach the tablecloths to get rid of all the stains.
c. to whitewash (walls)
Preferiría blanquear todas las paredes y tener un decorado minimalista.My preference would be to whitewash all the walls and have a minimalist decorating scheme.
2. (culinary)
a. to blanch
En la receta decía que había que blanquear las zanahorias hirviéndolas durante un minuto.The recipe said to blanch the carrots by boiling them for one minute.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(finance)
a. to launder
Los acusados blanquearon en España miles de euros procedentes del narcotráfico.In Spain the accused laundered thousands of euros, which were the proceeds of drug trafficking.
4. (to reveal the truth of) (River Plate)
a. to come clean about
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Vas a tener que blanquear tu situación con tu novia antes de que se entere de que estás comprometido con otra.You're going to have to come clean about the situation with your girlfriend before she finds out you're with someone else.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to go white)
a. to turn white
El cielo está blanqueando y eso significa que va a nevar.The sky is turning white, which means it's going to snow.
blanquearse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
6. (to turn white)
a. to whiten
Dicen que si usas ese dentífrico los dientes se te blanquean.They say your teeth whiten if you use that toothpaste.
b. to bleach (clothing)
Dejaste la blusa demasiado tiempo tendida al sol; por eso se ha blanqueado.You left the blouse hanging in the sun for too long; that's why it bleached.
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blanquear
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (ropa)
a. to whiten
2. (con lejía)
a. to bleach
3. (con cal)
a. to whitewash
4. (dinero)
a. to launder
blanquear
transitive verb
1 (poner blanco) [+dientes] to whiten; [+ropa] to bleach; [+pared, fachada] to whitewash
todos los años blanquean la fachada en verano
[+oro, plata] to blanch
la nieve blanqueaba el paisaje the snow turned the landscape white; the snow whitened the landscape
la escarcha blanquea la hierba un líquido para blanquear los dientes un detergente que le blanquea la ropa
2 (España) [+dinero] to launder (familiar); [+falta, persona culpable] to whitewash
intransitive verb
to turn white; go white
el pelo le blanqueó con los años his hair went o turned white over the years
Batir las yemas con el azúcar hasta que blanqueen Duvet abría una saetera en el ciprés, continuaba viendo blanquear la hierba entre los charcos todos hemos ido viendo cómo le blanqueaba el pelo día a día
ya blanquea la nieve en las montañas the mountains are now covered in white (snow)
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