Spanish Verb LAVAR: to wash

The Spanish verb lavar means 'to wash ' and is a regular Spanish AR verb.

To remember this, imagine LOVERS love to wash dishes in LAVA!

There are over 6500 Spanish -AR verbs which make no changes to the stem in any tense. During January a new regular -AR verb is featured each day to enable you to consolidate the regular AR verb family. You will learn other regular verbs such as congelar, culpar, empatar, guiar, and others.

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Read on, below the LAVAR verb table...
           to wash: lavar
Imagine him the wounds will LOVERS love
to wash dishes in LAVA!
Simple Tenses lavar
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

lavo lavas lava lavamos laváis lavan

lavaba lavabas lavaba lavábamos lavabais lavaban

lavé lavaste lavó lavamos lavasteis lavaron

will wash
lavaré lavarás lavará lavaremos lavaréis lavarán

would wash
lavaría lavarías lavaría lavaríamos lavaríais lavarían

may wash
lave laves lave lavemos lavéis laven
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may wash
lavara lavaras lavara laváramos lavarais lavaran
lavase lavases lavase lavásemos lavaseis lavasen
Imperative Tenses lavar

¡lava! ¡lave! ¡lavemos! ¡lavad! ¡laven!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't wash!
¡no laves! ¡no lave! ¡no lavemos! ¡no lavéis! ¡no laven!
Compound Tenses lavar - Past Participle lavado - washed
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have washed
he lavado has lavado ha lavado hemos lavado habéis lavado han lavado
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had washed
hube lavado hubiste lavado hubo lavado hubimos lavado hubisteis lavado hubieron lavado
Past Perfect

had washed
había lavado habías lavado había lavado habíamos lavado habíais lavado habían lavado
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have washed
haya lavado hayas lavado haya lavado hayamos lavado hayáis lavado hayan lavado
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have washed
habré lavado habrás lavado habrá lavado habremos lavado habréis lavado habrán lavado
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have washed
habría lavado habrías lavado habría lavado habríamos lavado habríais lavado habrían lavado

may have washed
hubiera lavado hubieras lavado hubiera lavado hubiéramos lavado hubierais lavado hubieran lavado
hubiese lavado hubieses lavado hubiese lavado hubiésemos lavado hubieseis lavado hubiesen lavado
Progressive Tenses: Present Participle lavando - washing
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am washing
estoy lavando estás lavando está lavando estamos lavando está lavando están lavando
Preterit Progressive

was washing
estuve lavando estuviste lavando estuvo lavando estuvimos lavando estuvisteis lavando estuvieron lavando
Imperfect Progressive

had been washing
estaba lavando estabas lavando estaba lavando estábamos lavando estabais lavando estaban lavando
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be washing
estaré lavando estarás lavando estará lavando estaremos lavando estaréis lavando estarán lavando
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would've been washing
estaría lavando estarías lavando estabría lavando estaríamos lavando estaríais lavando estarían lavando
Subjunctive Progressive

may've been washing
que ~ lavando que ~ lavando que ~ lavando que ~ lavando que ~ lavando que ~ lavando
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Spanish for wash is lavar lavar can also mean: to wash away.
lavarse (vr): to wash oneself, to have a wash.
lavarse los dientes: to clean one's teeth.
lavar a máquina: to machine wash.

Spanish for wash is lavar el lavaropas (nm): washing machine.
el lavaparabrisas (nm): windscreen washer.
el lavaojos (nm): eye bath. el lavaplatos / el lavazas (nm): dishwasher.

Spanish for wash is lavar lavar el cerebro: brainwash.
lavar dinero to money launder.

you informal vos replaces - you, informal, singular -
- in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and also in some countries of Central America.
Sometimes it also replaces the formal singular 'Usted'.
In regular AR verbs, the conjugations remain the same as for except for the addition of accents in the following tenses:
Presente:  vos lavás
Imperativo:  ¡lavá!


  • The Spanish verb for wash lavar is an Regular AR verb.
  • Learn to conjugate lavar and it will reinforce this regular pattern.
  • Do a series of verbs every day for a month and you will have a solid knowledge of the verbs' conjugation patterns. Keep doing them with a new one every day from the Spanish Verbs List.
  • The same applies to the various patterns. Each month we feature a daily verb from one of the major pattern groups.
  • Repeating these tables aloud 10 times throughout the day will better embed the patterns into your subconscious, and your long term memory.
  • Reciting aloud is a great way for you to practice your pronunciation, and helps you to memorize the conjugations.

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