teñir
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teñir(
teh
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nyeer
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to change the color of)
a. to dye
Me gustó la camisa, pero no la tenían del color que quería, así que decidí teñirla.I liked the shirt, but they didn't have it in the color I wanted, so I decided to dye it.
b. to color (hair)
Mucha gente tiñe el cabello cuando le empiezan a salir canas.Many people color their hair when it starts going gray.
2. (to discolor)
a. to stain
Puse una camiseta roja con la ropa para lavar y ahora todos mis pañuelos están teñidos de rojo.I put on a red T-shirt in with the laundry and now all my handkerchiefs are stained red.
3. (to imbue)
a. to tinge
Para muchos, ese viaje estará teñido de nostalgia y pesar.For many, that trip will be tinged with nostalgia and regret.
teñirse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
4. (to color one's hair)
a. to dye one's hair
El color de su pelo no me parece natural. ¿Tú crees que se tiñe?The color of her hair doesn't look natural to me. Do you think she dyes her hair?
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to become colored)
a. to turn
Al atardecer, el cielo se teñía de rosa y malva.At dusk, the sky turned pink and mauve.
b. to darken
Su rostro se tiñó de furia.His face darkened with rage.
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teñir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (ropa, pelo)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
teñir algo (de rojo/verde)to dye something (red/green)
2. (matizar)
a. to tinge sth
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
teñirse (el pelo)to dye one's hair
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teñir
transitive verb
1 [+pelo, ropa] to dye
teñir una prenda de azul to dye a garment blue; el jersey ha teñido los pañuelos the colour of the jersey has come out on the handkerchiefs
2 (manchar) to stain
teñido de sangre stained with blood
están tiñendo las selvas, los montes, Los valles de sangre india brota un gran chorro de sangre, un chorro que tiñe de rojo el agua
3 (matizar) to tinge;de with
un poema teñido de añoranza a poem tinged with longing
4 (Arte) [+color] to darken
pronominal verb
teñirse
1
teñirse el pelo to dye one's hair
2
el mar se tiñó de negro the sea darkened
varias palanganas de agua, que se tiñeron de rosa
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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