el lavado
-the wash
See the entry for lavado.


An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (cleaned)
a. washed
Pon los platos lavados aquí para que tu hermano los vaya secando.Put the washed plates here so that your brother can dry them.
b. clean (clothes)
Guarda tu ropa lavada en los cajones.Put your clean clothes away in the drawers.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(without money)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. broke
No le pidas prestado a Sergio; está lavado.Don't ask Sergio for money; he's broke.
3. (used to talk about someone with light brown skin)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
a. light
La sospechosa es una mujer morena lavada de ojos azules.The suspect is a woman with light brown skin and blue eyes.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
4. (cleaning)
a. wash
Mejor me voy ya a hacer el lavado. ¡Tengo seis pilas de ropa sucia!I'd better start doing the wash. I have six piles of dirty clothes!
b. laundry
Esta semana no tuve tiempo de hacer el lavado.I haven't had time to do the laundry this week.
c. washing
Vamos a darle un buen lavado al carro; está muy sucio.Let's give the car a good washing; it's really dirty.
5. (medicine)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. enema
Tienes que hacerte un lavado la noche antes de la cirugía.You have to get an enema the night before the surgery.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
a. laundering
El comerciante fue sentenciado a diez años de prisión por lavado de dinero.The businessman was sentenced to ten years in prison for money laundering.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. wash, washing
lavado de cerebrobrainwashing
lavado de estómagostomach pumping
lavado y engrasecar wash and lubrication
lavado en secodry-cleaning
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1 [de ropa, vehículo] wash; washing
le di dos lavados al jersey I gave the jumper two washes; I washed the jumper twice; yo me encargaré del lavado de la ropa I'll take care of the washing; la furgoneta quedará como nueva después de un buen lavado the van will look like new after a good wash; prelavado y lavado pre-wash and wash
lavado a mano hand-wash
lavado de automóviles carwash
lavado de cabeza shampoo
lavado en seco dry cleaning
2 (Med)
lavado de estómago lavado gástrico
le hicieron un lavado de estómago he had his stomach pumped
lavado intestinal enema
lavado vaginal douche
campaña de lavado de imagen image campaign
lavado de bonos bond-washing
lavado de cara face lift
lavado de cerebro brainwashing
le han hecho un lavado de cerebro he's been brainwashed
lavado de dinero money-laundering
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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