A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to clean)
a. limpiar
The worker wiped the counters with clean towels and disinfectant.El trabajador limplió los mostradores con toallas limpias y desinfectante.
b. pasar
She wiped a clean handkerchief over her son's cheek.Pasó un pañuelo limpio por la mejilla de su hijo.
c. pasar un trapo a
I already finished washing my car. I'm just wiping the windshield.Ya acabo de lavar mi carro. Solo estoy pasando un trapo al parabrisas.
d. limpiar con un trapo
She wiped the canvas before she applied paint to it.Limpió el lienzo con un trapo antes de aplicar la pintura.
2. (to remove)
a. limpiarse
Lady Macbeth tried to wipe the blood from her hands, but it would not come off.Lady Macbeth trató de limpiarse la sangre de sus manos, pero no le salía.
3. (to dry)
a. secarse
Wipe those tears from your eyes. Everything is going to be okay.Sécate las lágrimas de los ojos. Todo va a salir bien.
4. (to erase)
a. borrar
To preserve their historical image, the organization wiped any news relating to the scandal.Por conservar su imagen histórica, la organización borró cualquier noticia con relación al escándalo.
5. (computing)
a. borrar
Before you return the computer to him, can you wipe the memory?Antes de que le devuelvas la computadora, ¿puedes borrarle la memoria?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
6. (to dry dishes)
a. secar
I'll wash the dishes, and you wipe.Yo lavo los platos, y tú secas.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (cloth used for hygiene)
a. la toallita húmeda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We were out of toilet paper, so we had to resort to using baby wipes.Se nos acabó el papel higiénico, así que tuvimos que usar toallitas húmedas de bebé.
8. (action of wiping)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
That table looks a little dusty. Could you give it a wipe?Esa mesa parece un poco llena de polvo. ¿Podrías darle una pasada con un trapo?
There are a few smudges on the mirror, so I am going to give it a wipe.Hay unas manchas en el espejo, así que voy a pasarle un trapo.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (action)
to give something a wipelimpiar algo con un paño, pasar el paño a algo
2. (moist tissue)
a. la toallita húmeda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (table, plate)
a. pasar un paño por or a
to wipe one's noselimpiarse la nariz
he wiped his hands on the towelse secó las manos con la toalla
to wipe one's shoes on the matlimpiarse los zapatos en el felpudo
4. (colloquial)
to wipe up the floor with somebodydar una paliza a alguien
5. (recording tape)
a. borrar
wipe [waɪp]
1 (action)
a few wipes of the cloth should do it
to give sth a wipe (down or over) pasar un trapo a algo; dar una pasada con un trapo a algo
with a cloth
I decided to give the cooker a wipe down over tomorrow I'm going to give the toys a good wipe as some seem a bit greasy it is worth giving your tack a quick wipe over after each ride
2 (product) toallita (f)
a full stock of baby supplies, such as strollers, high chairs, diapers, wipes, thermometers, pain relievers, bottles, and pacifiers there are special medicated wipes you can get for this purpose instead of toilet paper /use skin wipes/ (such as those for babies) there's cardboard boxes containing /rags and wipes/ and gloves and shoe covers and things like that
baby wipes toallitas (f) húmedas para el bebé; face wipes toallitas húmedas para la cara
transitive verb
1 (clean, dry) [+table, floor, surface] pasar un trapo a; limpiar (con un trapo); [+blackboard] borrar; limpiar; [+dishes] secar; [+one's nose, shoes] limpiarse; [+one's face, hands] secarse
I'll just wipe the table to wipe the blackboard she wiped her hands on the towel I must have wiped my fingers on my dress
to wipe one's eyes/one's brow enjugarse or secarse las lágrimas/la frente
she wiped her eyes on her apron she wiped her brow with the back of her hand
wipe your feet before you come in límpiate los pies antes de entrar; to wipe one's bottom limpiarse el trasero
to wipe the (toilet) seat please be sweet and wipe the seat!
to wipe sth clean limpiar algo
he pulled out a handkerchief and wiped the glass clean wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper he wiped the gun clean [of] fingerprints when he had finished washing he began to wipe the basin clean
to wipe sth dry secar algo (con un trapo/una toalla etc)
he snatched his hand away and wiped it dry on his coat to wipe o.s. dry
to wipe the floor with sb dar una paliza a algn (informal)
let's go out there and wipe the floor with them! nine out of 10 times Spurs would wipe the floor with us
to wipe the slate clean hacer borrón y cuenta nueva
they were invigorated by the challenge to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start
2 (remove)
she wiped the sweat from or off her face se secó or se limpió el sudor de la cara; she wiped the tears from her eyes se secó or se limpió las lágrimas de los ojos; he stood up, wiping the crumbs from around his mouth se levantó, limpiándose or quitándose las migas de alrededor de la boca
five hundred million pounds was wiped off the value of the shares after a financial scandal came to light
ten billion pounds was wiped off shares el valor de las acciones bajó en diez mil millones de libras
50m was wiped off its stock market value as the shares went into freefall to wipe the smile off sb's face Tony Holmes wiped the smile off the faces of his rivals with a solo 30-second win Marie flashed a sharp look at her and she wiped the smirk off her face
that will wipe the smile off her face! ¡eso le quitará las ganas de sonreír!; ¡con eso se le quitarán las ganas de sonreír!
you can wipe that grin off your face!
3 (move, pass)
to wipe sth over sth
he wiped a handkerchief over his forehead se enjugó or se secó la frente con un pañuelo; he wiped his hand across his eyes se pasó la mano por los ojos
Billy wiped his sleeve across his face
4 (erase) [+tape, disk, data] borrar
I seem to have wiped a file that virus wiped three months work in one fell swoop a mole at police headquarters wipes him from the files and tips off the villains to wipe sth [from] a tape/disk she found that the data she had so painstakingly put together had been wiped from the disk
they had wiped what had happened from their minds habían borrado de la memoria lo sucedido
what had happened had not been wiped from his memory she had completely wiped the incident from her memory oup I wouldn't say he's wiped the issue from the map, but has taken it off the agenda the sadness and anxiety of a neglected child cannot be wiped from her personality a memory which can't be wiped from our minds
the village was wiped from or off the map in a bombing raid los bombardeos borraron la aldea del mapa
intransitive verb
you wash, I'll wipe tú friega, yo seco
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