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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
sponge nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (item for cleaning) (per pulizia)spugna nf
 Fiona rinsed the sponge in clean water.
sponge nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (animal, natural sponge) (specie marina)spugna nf
 Most sponges live in the sea, although there are freshwater species.
sponge [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (clean with sponge) (raro)spugnare vtr
  pulire con una spugna, detergere con una spugna vtr
 Brian sponged his shirt after he spilled coffee on it.
 
Additional Translations
sponge nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (fermenting dough)impasto nm
 Marilyn made the sponge for her sourdough loaf and left it to rise overnight.
sponge nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (sponge cake)dolce spugnoso nm
  pan di Spagna nm
 Adam divided the batter for his sponges between the cake tins and put them in the oven.
sponge viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." informal (obtain money, help) (informale)scroccare vi
 Anna never pays her own way; she's always sponging.
sponge on [sth],
sponge off [sb]/[sb/sth]
vi + prep
informal (obtain money, help) (informale)scroccare a vtr
 Edward's friends are getting fed up with him sponging off them.
sponge [sth],
sponge [sth] out,
sponge [sth] away
vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
(stain: clean with sponge)pulire con una spugna vtr
 Linda sponged the wine stain on the carpet.
sponge [sth] up,
sponge up [sth]
vtr + adv
(liquid: absorb)assorbire, pulire, asciugare vtr
 Trevor sponged up the spilt milk with a piece of kitchen roll.
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WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2015:

Compound Forms/Forme composte
bath sponge nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (for washing body)spugna da bagno nf
sponge bath nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (all-over body wash)lavaggio con spugna
sponge cake nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (light sweet cake) (culinaria)pan di Spagna nm
sponge finger nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (sweet finger-shaped biscuit)savoiardo nm
sponge on [sth] vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (apply with a sponge) (stendere sostanza con spugna)passare con la spugna, applicare con la spugna, stendere con la spugna vtr
 Ho steso della vernice trasparente sulle pareti con una spugna.
sponge toffee,
cinder toffee,
honeycomb toffee
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
UK (confection: honeycomb) (cucina)sponge toffee nm
sponge-cake pan di Spagna
syrup sponge nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (sweet sponge pudding)babà allo sciroppo
Victoria sponge nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK (cake)pan di Spagna nm
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