teñir

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.).
transitive verb
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)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Yo le tiño el cabello a mi madre en casa.I color my mother's hair at home.
c. to colour (United Kingdom)
¿Quién te tiñe el cabello? Esas mechas te quedan perfectas.Who colours your hair? Those highlights really suit you.
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.).
reflexive verb
4. (to change the color of 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?
b. to color one's hair
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mucha gente se tiñe el cabello para disimular las canas.A lot of people color their hair to hide the gray.
c. to colour one's hair (United Kingdom)
¿Con qué frecuencia te tiñes el pelo?How often do you colour your hair?
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
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.).
transitive verb
1. (ropa, pelo)
a.
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.).
pronominal verb
3. (general)
a.
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
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