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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 wash)
a. lavar
You shouldn't launder red clothing with white.No debes lavar la ropa roja con la blanca.
2. (to wash and iron)
a. lavar y planchar
David takes his clothes to a laundry every week for them to launder it.David lleva su ropa a una lavandería cada semana para que la laven y la planchen.
3. (to conceal illegality of)
a. lavar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The criminal bought a bakery so he could launder the money from his drug trafficking.El delicuente compró una panadería para poder lavar el dinero de su narcotráfico.
b. blanquear
She laundered her illegal money by buying houses cheaply for cash.Blanqueaba su dinero ilícito comprando casas a bajo precio en efectivo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (to wash)
a. lavarse
This bed skirt launders well in cold water.Esta falda de cama se lava bien en agua fría.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (clothes)
a. lavar (y planchar)
2. (fig)
a. blanquear (money)
launder [ˈlɔːndəʳ]
transitive verb
1 lavar y planchar
to send sth to be laundered
2 [+money] blanquear; lavar; (LAm)
intransitive verb
this fabric launders beautifully esta tela queda muy bien después de lavarla (y plancharla)
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