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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to drench with water)
a. to water
Yo regaré las rosas en tu ausencia.I will water the roses while you're away.
b. to irrigate
Los aspersores riegan el jardín con agua regenerada.Sprinklers irrigate the garden with reclaimed water.
c. to hose down
Tras la tormenta, barrí todas las hojas y regué toda la porquería de mi jardín trasero.After the storm, I swept all the leaves and hosed down the dirt from my backyard.
2. (geography)
a. to flow through
El río riega el valle, abasteciendo a las aldeas de alrededor de agua fresca.The river flows through the valley supplying the surrounding villages with freshwater.
3. (to cause to flow)
a. to spill
Regó el vino por toda la mesa.She spilled the wine all over the table.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(to fail)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. to screw up
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
¡Ya la regaste!You screwed it up!
5. (to sprinkle)
a. to scatter
Mientras cargaba sus juguetes, tropezó y los regó por el suelo.While carrying his toys, he tripped and scattered them all over the floor.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
6. (to bathe)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to shower
Al regarte con agua caliente, frota tu cuerpo con azúcar para exfoliarte la piel.When showering with warm water, scrub your body with sugar to exfoliate your skin.
b. to take a shower
Siempre me riego con agua fría en el verano para refrescarme.I always take cold showers in the summer to feel refreshed.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (to disperse)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. to scatter
Los protestantes se regaron presos del pánico cuando llegó la policía.The protesters scattered in panic when the police arrived.
8. (to become cross)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
a. to get angry
Mi novia se regó porque la llamé por el nombre de mi exnovia.My girlfriend got angry because I called her by my ex-girlfriend's name.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (con agua; planta, campo)
a. to water
2. (calle)
a. to hose down
regaron la comida con un buen vino tintothey washed down the meal with a good red wine
3. (sujeto: río)
a. to flow through
el río que riega la regiónthe river which flows through the region
4. (sujeto: vasos sanguíneos)
a. to supply with blood
esta arteria riega de sangre los pulmonesthis artery supplies blood to the lungs
5. (desparramar)
a. to sprinkle, to scatter
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transitive verb
1 [+planta, parterre] to water; [+campo, terreno] to irrigate; [+calle] to hose down
regar la garganta
regó la carta con lágrimas she cried all over the letter
2 (Culin)
regaron la cena con Rioja they washed the meal down with some Rioja; durante la cocción se riega la carne con su jugo whilst it is cooking, baste the meat in its own juice
3 (Geografía) [+río] to water; [+mar] to wash
una costa regada por un mar tranquilo a coast washed by a calm sea
4 [+herida] to wash; bathe;con, de with
5 (esparcir) to sprinkle; scatter
iba regando monedas he was dropping money all over the place
6 (And) (Centroamérica) (derramar) to spill; (derribar) to knock over; knock down
7 (Caribe) (pegar) to hit
intransitive verb
1 (Caribe) (bromear) to joke
está regando she's having us on (familiar)
2 (Caribe) (actuar sin pensar) to act rashly
regarla (México) (fracasar) to screw it up (muy_familiar); make a mess of it
pronominal verb
1 (Centroamérica) (México) (dispersarse) to scatter; scatter in all directions
2 (Caribe) (enfadarse) to get cross
3 (Latinoamérica) (ducharse) to shower; take a shower
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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Phrases with "regar"
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regar las plantas
to water the plants
regar las flores
to water the flowers
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