blanquear
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blanquear(
blahng
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
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.).
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.
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blanquear
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (ropa)
a. to whiten
2. (con lejía)
a. to bleach
3. (con cal)
a. to whitewash
4. (dinero)
a. to launder
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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)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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