Translation of "rub" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /rʌb/ us /rʌb/ present participle rubbing, past tense and past participle rubbed

to press your hand or a cloth on a surface and move it backwards and forwards

frotar, restregar
He rubbed himself dry with a towel.
Rub the stain with a damp cloth.

(Translation of “rub” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /rab/ (past tense, past participle rubbed)

to move against the surface of something else, pressing at the same time

restregar, frotar
He rubbed his eyes
The horse rubbed its head against my shoulder
The back of the shoe is rubbing against my heel.
rub down phrasal verb

to dry (a horse) after exercise by rubbing.

rub it in phrasal verb

to keep reminding someone of something unpleasant

There’s no need to rub it in.
rub out phrasal verb

to remove (a mark, writing etc) with a rubber; to erase.

rub shoulders with

to meet or mix with (other people).

codearse con
He claims to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at various parties and other functions.
rub up phrasal verb

to polish

pulir, sacar brillo
She rubbed up the silver.
rub up the wrong way

to annoy or irritate (someone)

sacar de quicio a alguien
She takes pleasure in rubbing him up the wrong way.

(Translation of “rub” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)