This word may also be spelled “colorar” in the senses shown in 1), 2), and 3).
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to add color to)
a. to color
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Voy a colorear el tejado de la casa de rojo, y las puertas y ventanas de azul.I'm going to color the roof of the house red and the doors and windows blue.
b. to colour (United Kingdom)
Tienes que hacer un dibujo y colorearlo con crayones.You have to draw a picture and colour it with crayons.
2. (to tint)
a. to dye
Quisiera colorear mi camiseta blanca de azul.I'd like to dye my white t-shirt blue.
b. to stain
Para colorear este material, necesitas un tinte especial.In order to stain this material, you need a special dye.
3. (to add to)
a. to embellish
A mi abuela le gusta colorear los cuentos de hadas con detalles que no están en los libros.My grandma likes to embellish fairy tales with details that are not in the books.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (to ripen)
a. to redden
Los pimientos colorearon y ya se pueden comer.The peppers have reddened and can now be eaten.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to color (in)
transitive verb
2 (justificar) to justify; put in a favourable light; (quitar importancia a) to whitewash; gloss over
intransitive verb
1 [+frutos] to ripen
2 (tirar a rojo) to be reddish
3 (ponerse colorado) to redden
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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