limpiar
Listen to an audio pronunciation
Listen to an audio pronunciation
limpiar(
leem
-
pyahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make clean)
a. to clean
Hay que limpiar el baño, está asqueroso.We need to clean the bathroom. It is disgusting.
b. to clean up
¿Puedes limpiar tu cuarto?Can you clean up your room?
c. to wipe off (with cloth)
Hay que limpiar la mesa antes de que vengan los invitados.The table needs to be wiped off before the guests arrive.
d. to polish (shoes)
Necesito limpiar mis zapatos antes de la boda.I need to polish my shoes before the wedding.
e. to cleanse (skin)
Esta loción limpia la piel sin secarla.This lotion cleanses the skin without drying it out.
2. (to remove)
a. to clear
Limpiaron el patio de nieve.They cleared the patio of snow.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to do housework)
a. to clean
Me pasé el sábado limpiando.I spent Saturday cleaning.
limpiarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to make clean)
a. to clean
Límpiate las manos con agua y jabón.Clean your hands with soap and water.
b. to wipe (with cloth)
Límpiate la boca con una servilleta.Wipe your mouth with a napkin.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
limpiar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (quitar la suciedad)
a. to clean
2. (con trapo)
a. to wipe
3. (mancha)
a. to wipe away
4. (zapatos)
a. to polish
limpia la mesa de migasclean o wipe the crumbs off the table
5. (desembarazar)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
limpiar algo de algoto clear something of something
6. (colloquial)
a. to clean out
7. (colloquial)
a. to swipe, to pinch
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (general)
a. to clean
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
9. (general)
a. to clean o wipe oneself
límpiate esa manchawipe that stain off yourself
se limpió con una servilletashe wiped herself with a napkin
límpiate la narizwipe your nose
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
limpiar
transitive verb
1 [+casa] to tidy; tidy up; clean; [+cara, piel] to cleanse; [+marca] to wipe off; clean off; [+maquillaje] to remove; [+zapatos] to polish; shine
limpiar en seco to dry-clean
2 (Culin) [+conejo] to clean; [+pescado] to gut
3 (enjugar) to wipe; wipe off
limpiar las narices a un niño to wipe a child's nose
4 (Mil) to mop up; (Policía) to clean up
5 (Botánica) to prune; cut back
6 (en el juego) to clean out (familiar)
7 (robar) to swipe (familiar); nick (familiar)
8 (México) (pegar) to hit; bash (familiar); beat up
9 (matar) to do in (muy_familiar)
pronominal verb
limpiarse to clean o.s.; wipe o.s.
limpiarse las narices to blow one's nose
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Word Roots
Hover on a tile to learn new words with the same root.
Loading roots
Examplesloading
Learn Spanish with Fluencia
Try Fluencia, the new Spanish learning program from SpanishDict.
  • Fun and interactive
  • Highly effective
  • Easy to use
  • Works on any device
Start Learning
Did this page answer your question?