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  • 1 empezar

    v.
    to begin, to start.
    empezó la conferencia dando la bienvenida a los asistentes she began o started her speech by welcoming everyone there
    empezaron otra botella de vino they started o opened another bottle of wine
    la clase empieza a las diez the class begins o starts at ten o'clock
    ¡no empieces!, ¡ya hemos discutido este tema lo suficiente! don't you start, we've spent long enough on this subject already!
    al empezar la reunión when the meeting started o began
    empezar a hacer algo to begin o start to do something
    empezar por hacer algo to begin o start by doing something
    para empezar to begin o start with
    Ricardo empezó la fiesta tarde Richard began the party late.
    La fiesta empezó tarde The party began late.
    Ricardo empezó el crucigrama Richard started the crossword puzzle.
    * * *
    (e changes to ie in stressed syllables and z changes to c before e)
    Present Indicative
    empiezo, empiezas, empieza, empezamos, empezáis, empiezan.
    Past ind
    empecé, empezaste, empezó, empezamos, empezasteis, empezaron.
    Present Subjunctive
    Imperative
    empieza (tú), empiece (él/Vd.), empecemos (nos.), empezad (vos.), empiecen (ellos/Vds.).
    * * *
    verb
    to begin, start
    * * *
    1. VI
    1) (=comenzar) [gen] to start, begin; [en un puesto de trabajo] to start

    el año ha empezado mal — the year got off to a bad start, the year started o began badly

    antes de empezar, os recordaré que... — before we start o begin, I'd like to remind you that...

    al empezar el añoat the start o beginning of the year

    ¿cuándo empieza el nuevo cocinero? — when does the new cook start?

    ¡no empieces! — * don't you start! *

    para empezar — to start with, begin with

    para empezar quisiera agradecerte tu presencia entre nosotrosI would like to start o begin by thanking you for being with us, to start o begin with, I would like to thank you for being with us

    - todo es cuestión de empezar
    2)

    empezar a hacer algo — [gen] to start o begin to do sth, start o begin doing sth; [en un trabajo] to start to do o doing sth

    empezó a lloverit started o began to rain, it started o began raining

    ya empiezo a entrar en calorI'm starting o beginning to feel warm now

    3)

    empezar haciendo algo — to begin o start by doing sth

    empezaremos pidiendo ayudawe'll start o begin by asking for help

    la canción empieza diciendo que... — the song begins o starts by saying that...

    4)

    empezar con algo — [película, curso, año] to start o begin with sth

    la novela empieza con una referencia a Sartrethe novel starts o begins with a reference to Sartre

    empezamos con cerveza y acabamos con vinowe started on o began with beer and ended up on wine

    ¿cuándo empezáis con las clases de inglés? — when do you start your English classes?

    ¡no empieces otra vez con lo mismo! — don't start on that again!

    5)

    empezar por algo/algn — to start with sth/sb, begin with sth/sb

    empezaré por la cocinaI'll start o begin with the kitchen

    "huelga" empieza por hache — "huelga" starts o begins with (an) h

    empezar por hacer algo — to start by doing sth, begin by doing sth

    2.
    VT [+ actividad, temporada] to start, begin; [+ botella, jamón] to start

    hemos empezado mal la semana — the week got off to a bad start for us, the week started badly for us

    * * *
    1.
    verbo intransitivo
    1) película/conferencia/invierno to begin, start

    empezar a + inf — to start to + inf, start -ing

    me empezó a entrar hambreI began o started to feel hungry

    2) persona to start

    empezar de nuevo or volver a empezar — to start again

    todo es (cuestión de) empezar — it'll be fine once we/you get started

    empezar a + inf — to start -ing, start to + inf

    empezó a llorarhe began o started to cry

    empezar + ger — to start by -ing

    empezó diciendo que... — she started o began by saying that...

    empezar por + inf — to start o begin by -ing

    empecemos por estudiar el contexto históricolet's begin o start by looking at the historical context

    3)

    para empezar — first of all, to start with

    2.
    1) <tarea/actividad> to start
    2) <frasco/mermelada> to start, open
    * * *
    = begin, get + started, start, start off, kick off, set out, get + Nombre + underway, get + Posesivo + feet wet, set in, cut + Posesivo + spurs, commence.
    Ex. This section has begun to demonstrate some of the problems associated with the author approach.
    Ex. 'We'll get started as soon as everyone arrives,' the executive director shook her hand and smiled graciously.
    Ex. Over the past two to three years the numbers of full text data bases and data banks has started to escalate considerably.
    Ex. If you establish a principle of using the national language, where do you start off?.
    Ex. The article is entitled 'The bucks start here: ALA kicks off library funding campaign'.
    Ex. The person seeking information needs to have all the necessary documentation before setting out, otherwise it could result in considerable expense and much time wasting.
    Ex. The author describes two surveys which the IFLA Section has been involved in to acquire the information necessary to get the project underway.
    Ex. Coming clean to voters is something she's gonna have to get used to if she is really serious about getting her feet wet in elected politics.
    Ex. Open or compound fractures were usually fatal prior to the advent of antiseptics in the 1860s because infection would set in.
    Ex. Lorene, who cut her spurs fighting for equal pay, said she was `absolutely gobsmacked' at having won the award.
    Ex. This stop list is input to the computer before indexing can commence, and is a list of the words which appear in text which have no value as access words in an index.
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    * acabar mejor de lo que + empezar = end up on + a high note.
    * al empezar = first off.
    * bomba de relojería + empezar la cuenta atrás = time bomb + tick away.
    * empezar a = be on + Posesivo + way to.
    * empezar a acabarse = run + low (on).
    * empezar a actuar = swing into + action.
    * empezar a arder = catch + fire, catch on + fire.
    * empezar a caer en picado = hit + the skids, be on the skids.
    * empezar a calar en = grow on/upon + Pronombre.
    * empezar a comprender = grow on/upon + Pronombre.
    * empezar a dar carcajadas = burst into + a fit of laughter, burst into + side-splitting laughter.
    * empezar a darse cuenta de = grow on/upon + Pronombre.
    * empezar a debatir = embark on/upon + discussion.
    * empezar a deteriorarse = hit + the skids, be on the skids.
    * empezar a diluviar = the skies + open up.
    * empezar a empeorar = hit + the skids, be on the skids.
    * empezar a faltar = be in short supply, be at a premium.
    * empezar a fumar = take up + smoking.
    * empezar a funcionar = become + operational, get off + the ground, get + rolling, get + things going, get + things rolling, go + live, get + the ball rolling, set + the ball rolling, start + the ball rolling.
    * empezar a gustar la idea = warm up to + the idea.
    * empezar a hablar de = make + noises about, make + a noise about.
    * empezar a imprimir = go to + press.
    * empezar a ir bien = fall into + place.
    * empezar a irse al garete = hit + the skids, be on the skids.
    * empezar a jugar mejor = get back into + the game.
    * empezar Algo = get + Nombre + started.
    * empezar Algo con buen pie = start + Nombre + off on the right foot.
    * empezar a mejorar = turn + a corner, take + a turn, take + a turn for the better.
    * empezar a pensar en = turn + Posesivo + mind to.
    * empezar a reírse a carcajadas = burst into + a fit of laughter, burst into + side-splitting laughter.
    * empezar a resquebrajarse = develop + cracks.
    * empezar a saltar las lágrimas = eyes + start to well up with tears, eyes + start to well up.
    * empezar a sudar por el esfuerzo = work up + a sweat, work up + a lather.
    * empezar a tener dudas = get + cold feet.
    * empezar a tener sentido = become + meaningful.
    * empezar a trabajar = take + job.
    * empezar a tratar = scratch + the surface of, scrape + the surface.
    * empezar a utilizarse = come into + use.
    * empezar con buen pie = start + Nombre + on the right footing, hit + the ground running.
    * empezar de cero = start at + ground zero.
    * empezar de nuevo = a fresh start, start over, make + a fresh start.
    * empezar desde = work from, set out from.
    * empezar desde cero = start at + ground zero.
    * empezar desde la base = start at + ground zero.
    * empezar la casa por el tejado = tail wagging the dog.
    * empezar lento = be slow off the mark, be slow off the blocks.
    * empezar por el final = work back from.
    * empezar por el principio = start from + scratch, start at + ground zero.
    * empezar por lo más difícil = plunge in at + the deep end.
    * empezar rápido = be quick off the mark, be quick off the blocks.
    * empezar una nueva etapa en la vida = turn over + a new page, turn over + a new leaf.
    * enseñanza antes de empezar el trabajo = pre-service education.
    * hay que empezar por el principio = first things must come first.
    * bebé que empieza a andar = toddler.
    * para empezar = for one, initially, to start with, to begin with, for starters, first off.
    * terminar mejor de lo que + empezar = end up on + a high note.
    * una buena forma de empezar = a good way to start.
    * una manera de empezar = a foot in the door.
    * volver a empezar = return to + the drawing boards, back to the drawing board, a fresh start, start over, go back to + square one, be back to square one.
    * volver a empezar de cero = be back to square one, go back to + square one.
    * * *
    1.
    verbo intransitivo
    1) película/conferencia/invierno to begin, start

    empezar a + inf — to start to + inf, start -ing

    me empezó a entrar hambreI began o started to feel hungry

    2) persona to start

    empezar de nuevo or volver a empezar — to start again

    todo es (cuestión de) empezar — it'll be fine once we/you get started

    empezar a + inf — to start -ing, start to + inf

    empezó a llorarhe began o started to cry

    empezar + ger — to start by -ing

    empezó diciendo que... — she started o began by saying that...

    empezar por + inf — to start o begin by -ing

    empecemos por estudiar el contexto históricolet's begin o start by looking at the historical context

    3)

    para empezar — first of all, to start with

    2.
    1) <tarea/actividad> to start
    2) <frasco/mermelada> to start, open
    * * *
    = begin, get + started, start, start off, kick off, set out, get + Nombre + underway, get + Posesivo + feet wet, set in, cut + Posesivo + spurs, commence.

    Ex: This section has begun to demonstrate some of the problems associated with the author approach.

    Ex: 'We'll get started as soon as everyone arrives,' the executive director shook her hand and smiled graciously.
    Ex: Over the past two to three years the numbers of full text data bases and data banks has started to escalate considerably.
    Ex: If you establish a principle of using the national language, where do you start off?.
    Ex: The article is entitled 'The bucks start here: ALA kicks off library funding campaign'.
    Ex: The person seeking information needs to have all the necessary documentation before setting out, otherwise it could result in considerable expense and much time wasting.
    Ex: The author describes two surveys which the IFLA Section has been involved in to acquire the information necessary to get the project underway.
    Ex: Coming clean to voters is something she's gonna have to get used to if she is really serious about getting her feet wet in elected politics.
    Ex: Open or compound fractures were usually fatal prior to the advent of antiseptics in the 1860s because infection would set in.
    Ex: Lorene, who cut her spurs fighting for equal pay, said she was `absolutely gobsmacked' at having won the award.
    Ex: This stop list is input to the computer before indexing can commence, and is a list of the words which appear in text which have no value as access words in an index.
    * acabar mejor de lo que + empezar = end up on + a high note.
    * al empezar = first off.
    * bomba de relojería + empezar la cuenta atrás = time bomb + tick away.
    * empezar a = be on + Posesivo + way to.
    * empezar a acabarse = run + low (on).
    * empezar a actuar = swing into + action.
    * empezar a arder = catch + fire, catch on + fire.
    * empezar a caer en picado = hit + the skids, be on the skids.
    * empezar a calar en = grow on/upon + Pronombre.
    * empezar a comprender = grow on/upon + Pronombre.
    * empezar a dar carcajadas = burst into + a fit of laughter, burst into + side-splitting laughter.
    * empezar a darse cuenta de = grow on/upon + Pronombre.
    * empezar a debatir = embark on/upon + discussion.
    * empezar a deteriorarse = hit + the skids, be on the skids.
    * empezar a diluviar = the skies + open up.
    * empezar a empeorar = hit + the skids, be on the skids.
    * empezar a faltar = be in short supply, be at a premium.
    * empezar a fumar = take up + smoking.
    * empezar a funcionar = become + operational, get off + the ground, get + rolling, get + things going, get + things rolling, go + live, get + the ball rolling, set + the ball rolling, start + the ball rolling.
    * empezar a gustar la idea = warm up to + the idea.
    * empezar a hablar de = make + noises about, make + a noise about.
    * empezar a imprimir = go to + press.
    * empezar a ir bien = fall into + place.
    * empezar a irse al garete = hit + the skids, be on the skids.
    * empezar a jugar mejor = get back into + the game.
    * empezar Algo = get + Nombre + started.
    * empezar Algo con buen pie = start + Nombre + off on the right foot.
    * empezar a mejorar = turn + a corner, take + a turn, take + a turn for the better.
    * empezar a pensar en = turn + Posesivo + mind to.
    * empezar a reírse a carcajadas = burst into + a fit of laughter, burst into + side-splitting laughter.
    * empezar a resquebrajarse = develop + cracks.
    * empezar a saltar las lágrimas = eyes + start to well up with tears, eyes + start to well up.
    * empezar a sudar por el esfuerzo = work up + a sweat, work up + a lather.
    * empezar a tener dudas = get + cold feet.
    * empezar a tener sentido = become + meaningful.
    * empezar a trabajar = take + job.
    * empezar a tratar = scratch + the surface of, scrape + the surface.
    * empezar a utilizarse = come into + use.
    * empezar con buen pie = start + Nombre + on the right footing, hit + the ground running.
    * empezar de cero = start at + ground zero.
    * empezar de nuevo = a fresh start, start over, make + a fresh start.
    * empezar desde = work from, set out from.
    * empezar desde cero = start at + ground zero.
    * empezar desde la base = start at + ground zero.
    * empezar la casa por el tejado = tail wagging the dog.
    * empezar lento = be slow off the mark, be slow off the blocks.
    * empezar por el final = work back from.
    * empezar por el principio = start from + scratch, start at + ground zero.
    * empezar por lo más difícil = plunge in at + the deep end.
    * empezar rápido = be quick off the mark, be quick off the blocks.
    * empezar una nueva etapa en la vida = turn over + a new page, turn over + a new leaf.
    * enseñanza antes de empezar el trabajo = pre-service education.
    * hay que empezar por el principio = first things must come first.
    * bebé que empieza a andar = toddler.
    * para empezar = for one, initially, to start with, to begin with, for starters, first off.
    * terminar mejor de lo que + empezar = end up on + a high note.
    * una buena forma de empezar = a good way to start.
    * una manera de empezar = a foot in the door.
    * volver a empezar = return to + the drawing boards, back to the drawing board, a fresh start, start over, go back to + square one, be back to square one.
    * volver a empezar de cero = be back to square one, go back to + square one.

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    empezar [A6 ]
    vi
    A
    1 «película/conferencia/invierno» to begin, start
    el curso empieza el 16 the course begins o ( frml) commences on the 16th
    ¿con qué letra empieza? what is the first letter?, what letter does it begin with?
    al empezar el siglo at the turn of the century
    ya han empezado los fríos the cold weather has arrived o started
    2 empezar A + INF to start to + INF, start -ING
    ha empezado a nevar it has started snowing, it has started to snow
    le empezó a entrar hambre she began o started to feel hungry
    empezó a hervir it began boiling o to boil, it came to the boil, it started boiling o to boil
    le han empezado a salir espinillas she's getting o starting to get pimples
    empieza a ser imposible conseguirlo it is becoming impossible to get it
    B «persona»
    ¿cuándo empieza la nueva secretaria? when is the new secretary starting?, when does the new secretary start?
    empezó de aprendiz he started o began as an apprentice
    tendremos que empezar de nuevo or volver a empezar we'll have to start again
    todo es (cuestión de) empezar it'll be fine once we/you get started
    ¡ya empezamos otra vez! here we go again!
    empezar POR algo/algn:
    empecemos por el principio let's begin o start at the beginning
    empezó por la pared del fondo he started o began with the back wall
    no sabe por dónde empezar she doesn't know where to begin o start
    vamos a empezar por ti let's start with you
    2 empezar A + INF to start -ING, start to + INF
    cuando empezó a hablar se le fueron los nervios once she started o began talking, her nervousness disappeared
    tenía dos años cuando empezó a hablar she started talking when she was two
    empezó a llorar he began o started to cry
    3 empezar + GER to start BY -ING
    empezó diciendo que sería breve she started o began by saying that she would be brief
    empezó trabajando de mecánico he started by working as a mechanic, he started out as a mechanic
    4 empezar POR + INF to start o begin BY -ING
    empieza por sentarte begin o start by taking a seat, take a seat first
    se empieza por marinar la carne first marinade the meat
    empecemos por estudiar el contexto histórico let's begin o start by looking at the historical context
    C
    para empezar: para empezar, me parece un disparate for a start o for one thing, I think it's a ridiculous idea
    para empezar, ¿quién te dio permiso para leer mi correspondencia? who gave you permission to read my letters anyway?
    para empezar, hay que limpiar la superficie first of all o to start with, you have to clean the surface
    ■ empezar
    vt
    A ‹tarea/actividad› to start
    se debe empezar el día con un buen desayuno you should start o begin the day with a good breakfast
    ¿ya empezaste el tercer capítulo? have you started chapter three yet?
    B ‹frasco/lata/mermelada› to start, open
    no empieces otra botella don't start o open another bottle
    ¿podemos empezar este jamón? can we start on this ham?
    * * *

     

    empezar ( conjugate empezar) verbo intransitivo
    1 [película/conferencia/invierno] to begin, start;
    empezó a nevar it started to snow o snowing

    2 [ persona] to start;

    todo es cuestión de empezar it'll be fine once we/you get started;
    no sé por dónde empezar I don't know where to begin;
    vamos a empezar por ti let's start with you;
    empezar a hacer algo to start doing sth, start to do sth;
    empezó diciendo que … she started o began by saying that …;
    empezó trabajando de mecánico he started out as a mechanic;
    empecemos por estudiar el contexto histórico let's begin o start by looking at the historical context
    3

    verbo transitivo
    a)tarea/actividad to start

    b)frasco/mermelada to start, open

    empezar verbo transitivo & verbo intransitivo
    1 (dar principio a una actividad) to begin, start: aún no hemos empezado a comer, we still haven't started to eat
    para empezar, first of all: para empezar, eso que dices no es cierto, to begin with what you're saying is just not true
    no empieces con tus tonterías, don't start being stupid again
    2 (un paquete, una caja) to open, start: la caja de galletas está sin empezar, the box of biscuits hasn't been opened yet
    3 (tener principio) to start: la película empieza a las diez, the film starts at ten o'clock ➣ Ver nota en begin y start
    ♦ Locuciones: ya empezamos, here we go again
    ' empezar' also found in these entries:
    Spanish:
    adormecerse
    - arrancar
    - cada
    - cobrar
    - compilación
    - echar
    - echarse
    - ponerse
    - pronta
    - pronto
    - romper
    - soltarse
    - trabar
    - vaya
    - volver
    - ya
    - a
    - aclarar
    - cero
    - empiece
    - entrar
    - incendiar
    - largar
    - poner
    English:
    begin
    - branch out
    - clean up
    - cotton on
    - daunt
    - fail
    - flying
    - get
    - grow
    - impatient
    - kick off
    - nervous
    - open
    - pipe up
    - place
    - set off
    - spring
    - square
    - start
    - start off
    - start up
    - strike up
    - take off
    - take up
    - thing
    - turn
    - afresh
    - beginning
    - ground
    - into
    - keen
    - kick
    - originate
    - over
    - rampage
    - roll
    - scratch
    - strike
    - suppose
    - undone
    * * *
    vt
    to begin, to start;
    empezó la conferencia dando la bienvenida a los asistentes she began o started her speech by welcoming everyone there;
    todavía no hemos empezado el colegio we still haven't started school;
    empecé el libro, pero no lo conseguí acabar I started (reading) the book, but didn't manage to finish it;
    hemos empezado la tarta we've started the cake;
    empezaron otra botella de vino they started o opened another bottle of wine
    vi
    to begin, to start (a/por to/by);
    la clase empieza a las diez the class begins o starts at ten o'clock;
    ¿a qué hora empieza el partido? what time does the game start?;
    el concierto empezó tarde the concert started late;
    la película empieza con una escena muy violenta the film begins with a very violent scene;
    tuvieron que empezar de nuevo they had to start again;
    el aprender a nadar, todo es empezar with swimming, getting started is half the battle;
    ¡no empieces!, ¡ya hemos discutido este tema lo suficiente! don't you start, we've spent long enough on this subject already!;
    ¡ya empezamos con el vecino y su música! here we go again with our neighbour and his music!;
    al empezar la reunión when the meeting started o began;
    al empezar resulta un poco difícil it's quite hard at first o to begin with;
    en noviembre empezó a hacer frío it started getting colder in November;
    empezó pidiendo disculpas por su retraso she started o began by apologizing for being late;
    empezar por: empieza por el salón, yo haré la cocina you start on the living-room, I'll do the kitchen;
    empieza por aflojar los tornillos first, loosen the screws, start o begin by loosening the screws;
    empieza por portarte bien, y ya hablaremos first you start behaving well, then we'll talk;
    para empezar: para empezar, sopa I'd like soup for starters o to start with;
    para empezar, habrá que comprar los billetes first of all o to start with, we'll have to buy the tickets;
    no me gusta, para empezar, es demasiado pequeño I don't like it, it's too small to start with
    * * *
    I v/t start, begin
    II v/i
    1 start, begin;
    empezar a hacer algo start to do sth, start doing sth;
    empezar por hacer algo start o begin by doing sth;
    empezar por alguien start with s.o.;
    para empezar to begin with;
    ya empezamos fam here we go again
    * * *
    empezar {29} v
    comenzar: to start, to begin
    * * *
    empezar vb to start / to begin [pt. began; pp. begun]

    Spanish-English dictionary > empezar

  • 2 irse a pique

    (barco) to sink 2 (plan, proyecto) to go under, fall through
    ————————
    (barco) to sink 2 (proyecto etc) to fall through
    * * *
    (v.) = founder, bite + the dust, give up + the ghost, come + unstuck, go + pear-shaped, go + kaput, be kaput, go + haywire, go down + the tube, go down + the drain, be up the spout
    Ex. It is that, without direction, the library craft may founder in the perpetual whitewater.
    Ex. The article 'Interchange bites the dust' comments on the decision by AT&T to abandon the Interchange online service technology.
    Ex. This article examines one such example, Cherrie Moraga's ' Giving Up the Ghost' where, for the first time, the issue of Chicana lesbian sexuality is addressed on the stage.
    Ex. Bright people will always manage towork out the technology but it is the higher-level issues and processes that usually cause a project to come unstuck.
    Ex. The test on the new machines went pear-shaped: nothing really worked properly and they had to install everything again.
    Ex. With oil at $76 a barrel, it won't be long until it all goes kaput!.
    Ex. I had a mechanic chap take a gander earlier on and he said it's possible the pedal itself is kaput, as in there's something fishy going on with the mechanics of it.
    Ex. They left a trail of destruction in the wake of a plan gone haywire.
    Ex. No wonder their paper is going down the tube with their trashy reporting.
    Ex. These businesses were growing rapidly until 1964 when the economy started to go down the drain and manufacturing was not anymore profitable.
    Ex. Their email system has been up the spout since Saturday preventing the staff from communicating everyday matters and causing extensive housekeeping delays.
    * * *
    (v.) = founder, bite + the dust, give up + the ghost, come + unstuck, go + pear-shaped, go + kaput, be kaput, go + haywire, go down + the tube, go down + the drain, be up the spout

    Ex: It is that, without direction, the library craft may founder in the perpetual whitewater.

    Ex: The article 'Interchange bites the dust' comments on the decision by AT&T to abandon the Interchange online service technology.
    Ex: This article examines one such example, Cherrie Moraga's ' Giving Up the Ghost' where, for the first time, the issue of Chicana lesbian sexuality is addressed on the stage.
    Ex: Bright people will always manage towork out the technology but it is the higher-level issues and processes that usually cause a project to come unstuck.
    Ex: The test on the new machines went pear-shaped: nothing really worked properly and they had to install everything again.
    Ex: With oil at $76 a barrel, it won't be long until it all goes kaput!.
    Ex: I had a mechanic chap take a gander earlier on and he said it's possible the pedal itself is kaput, as in there's something fishy going on with the mechanics of it.
    Ex: They left a trail of destruction in the wake of a plan gone haywire.
    Ex: No wonder their paper is going down the tube with their trashy reporting.
    Ex: These businesses were growing rapidly until 1964 when the economy started to go down the drain and manufacturing was not anymore profitable.
    Ex: Their email system has been up the spout since Saturday preventing the staff from communicating everyday matters and causing extensive housekeeping delays.

    Spanish-English dictionary > irse a pique

  • 3 irse al traste

    figurado to fall through
    * * *
    to fall through, be ruined
    * * *
    (v.) = come + unstuck, go + kaput, be kaput, go down + the tube, go down + the drain, go to + shit, be up the spout
    Ex. Bright people will always manage towork out the technology but it is the higher-level issues and processes that usually cause a project to come unstuck.
    Ex. With oil at $76 a barrel, it won't be long until it all goes kaput!.
    Ex. I had a mechanic chap take a gander earlier on and he said it's possible the pedal itself is kaput, as in there's something fishy going on with the mechanics of it.
    Ex. No wonder their paper is going down the tube with their trashy reporting.
    Ex. These businesses were growing rapidly until 1964 when the economy started to go down the drain and manufacturing was not anymore profitable.
    Ex. The reason this country is going to shit is because we're not willing to give up our creature comforts, not willing to get off our asses and do something about it.
    Ex. Their email system has been up the spout since Saturday preventing the staff from communicating everyday matters and causing extensive housekeeping delays.
    * * *
    (v.) = come + unstuck, go + kaput, be kaput, go down + the tube, go down + the drain, go to + shit, be up the spout

    Ex: Bright people will always manage towork out the technology but it is the higher-level issues and processes that usually cause a project to come unstuck.

    Ex: With oil at $76 a barrel, it won't be long until it all goes kaput!.
    Ex: I had a mechanic chap take a gander earlier on and he said it's possible the pedal itself is kaput, as in there's something fishy going on with the mechanics of it.
    Ex: No wonder their paper is going down the tube with their trashy reporting.
    Ex: These businesses were growing rapidly until 1964 when the economy started to go down the drain and manufacturing was not anymore profitable.
    Ex: The reason this country is going to shit is because we're not willing to give up our creature comforts, not willing to get off our asses and do something about it.
    Ex: Their email system has been up the spout since Saturday preventing the staff from communicating everyday matters and causing extensive housekeeping delays.

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  • 4 empiece

    m.
    beginning, start (informal).
    pres.subj.
    3rd person singular (él/ella/ello) Present Subjunctive of Spanish verb: empezar.
    * * *
    1 familiar start, beginning
    * * *
    , empieza etc see empezar
    * * *
    , empieza etc see empezar
    * * *
    empiece, empieza, etc
    * * *

    Del verbo empezar: ( conjugate empezar)

    empiece es:

    1ª persona singular (yo) presente subjuntivo

    3ª persona singular (él/ella/usted) presente subjuntivo

    3ª persona singular (él/ella/usted) imperativo

    Multiple Entries:
    empezar    
    empiece
    empezar ( conjugate empezar) verbo intransitivo
    1 [película/conferencia/invierno] to begin, start;
    empezó a nevar it started to snow o snowing

    2 [ persona] to start;

    todo es cuestión de empiece it'll be fine once we/you get started;
    no sé por dónde empiece I don't know where to begin;
    vamos a empiece por ti let's start with you;
    empiece a hacer algo to start doing sth, start to do sth;
    empezó diciendo que … she started o began by saying that …;
    empezó trabajando de mecánico he started out as a mechanic;
    empecemos por estudiar el contexto histórico let's begin o start by looking at the historical context
    3

    verbo transitivo
    a)tarea/actividad to start

    b)frasco/mermelada to start, open

    empiece
    , empieza etc see empezar

    empezar verbo transitivo & verbo intransitivo
    1 (dar principio a una actividad) to begin, start: aún no hemos empezado a comer, we still haven't started to eat
    para empezar, first of all: para empezar, eso que dices no es cierto, to begin with what you're saying is just not true
    no empieces con tus tonterías, don't start being stupid again
    2 (un paquete, una caja) to open, start: la caja de galletas está sin empezar, the box of biscuits hasn't been opened yet
    3 (tener principio) to start: la película empieza a las diez, the film starts at ten o'clock ➣ Ver nota en begin y start
    ♦ Locuciones: ya empezamos, here we go again

    ' empiece' also found in these entries:
    Spanish:
    faltar
    English:
    get
    - soon
    * * *
    nm
    Fam beginning, start

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  • 5 Biblioteca del Congreso (LC)

    Ex. The Library of Congress (LC) started distributing printed catalogue cards as an early centralised cataloguing service.

    Spanish-English dictionary > Biblioteca del Congreso (LC)

  • 6 LC (Biblioteca del Congreso)

    Ex. The Library of Congress (LC) started distributing printed catalogue cards as an early centralised cataloguing service.

    Spanish-English dictionary > LC (Biblioteca del Congreso)

  • 7 Oceano Indico, el

    = Indian Ocean, the
    Ex. A collection of materials on the Seychelles and the Indian Ocean was started in 1981 and now has over 400 volumes.

    Spanish-English dictionary > Oceano Indico, el

  • 8 Reuters

    Ex. Reuters has started loading Eastern European files.
    * * *

    Ex: Reuters has started loading Eastern European files.

    Spanish-English dictionary > Reuters

  • 9 a

    prep.
    1 to.
    voy a Madrid I'm going to Madrid
    me voy al extranjero I'm going abroad
    llegó a Buenos Aires/a la fiesta he arrived in Buenos Aires/at the party
    2 at (moment).
    a las siete at seven o'clock
    a los once años at the age of eleven
    al caer la noche at nightfall
    al oír la noticia se desmayó on hearing the news, she fainted
    Llegué al amanecer I arrived at dawn.
    3 per, every (frecuency).
    40 horas a la semana 40 hours per o a week
    tres veces al día three times a day
    4 to.
    dáselo a Ricardo give it to Ricardo
    dile a Ricardo que venga tell Ricardo to come
    5 to.
    entró a pagar he came in to pay
    aprender a nadar to learn to swim
    6 by, about to, for.
    * * *
    A, a
    nombre femenino (pl as o aes)
    1 (la letra) A, a
    ————————
    A
    1 ( Alteza) Highness; (abreviatura) H
    ————————
    A
    1 ( autopista) motorway; (abreviatura) M
    ————————
    A
    1 ( amperio) ampere, amp; (símbolo) A
    * * *
    prep.
    1) to
    2) into
    3) in
    4) at
    5) on
    6) with
    * * *
    SF = a (=letra) A, a
    * * *
    a femenino (pl aes) ( read as [a]) the letter A, a
    * * *
    = for, per, to.
    Ex. The fine policy matrix corresponds to the loan policy matrix, cell for cell.
    Ex. Indexing can thus be achieved at a detailed level, with often many terms per document, with almost no indexing effort.
    Ex. Accessibility to the documents stored in files is an important factor, so the physical storage is important.
    ----
    * a + Adjetivo + escala = on a + Adjetivo + scale.
    * a alguna parte = someplace.
    * a alta presión = high-pressured, high-pressure.
    * a altas horas de la noche = late at night.
    * a ambas orillas del Atlántico = on both sides of the ocean, on both sides of the Atlantic.
    * a ambos lados de = on either side of.
    * a ambos lados del Altántico = on both sides of the ocean, on both sides of the Atlantic.
    * a ambos lados de + Lugar = on both sides of + Lugar.
    * a años luz de = light years away from.
    * a bajas temperaturas = at low temperature.
    * a bajo coste = low-cost.
    * a bajo costo = low-cost.
    * a bajo nivel = low-level.
    * a bajo precio = lower-cost, at a low price, on the cheap.
    * a base de = in the form of, on a diet of.
    * a base de carne = meaty [meatier -comp., meatiest -sup.].
    * a base de cometer errores = the hard way.
    * a base de errores = the hard way.
    * a boca de jarro = at close range.
    * a bocajarro = point blank.
    * a bombo y platillo = fanfare, with a bang.
    * a bordo = aboard, on board ship.
    * a bordo de = aboard, onboard.
    * a bordo de un barco = shipboard, on board ship.
    * a buen recaudo = in a safe place, in safekeeping.
    * a caballo = on horseback, astride.
    * a caballo entre = astride... and..., midway between.
    * a caballo entre... y... = half way between... and....
    * a caballo regalado no se le mira el diente = never look a gift horse in the mouth.
    * a cada rato = every so often, every now and then, every now and again, every once in a while.
    * a cambio = in return.
    * a cambio de = in exchange for, in return for.
    * a cambio de nada = for nothing.
    * a cántaros = cats and dogs.
    * a cargo = in the saddle.
    * a cargo (de) = charged with, in charge (of), at the helm (of).
    * a cargo de Alguien = under supervision.
    * a cargo de las riendas = in the saddle.
    * a cargo del ayuntamiento = local authority-run.
    * a cargo del gobierno = government-operated, government-run.
    * a cargo de una sola persona = one-man band.
    * a cargo de voluntarios = volunteer-run.
    * a chorros = profusely.
    * a ciegas = blindfold, blindly, blindfolded, in the dark.
    * a ciencia cierta = for sure, for certain.
    * a cierta distancia = some distance away.
    * a cierta distancia de = off.
    * a cierta distancia de la costa = offshore.
    * a cierta distancia del litoral = offshore.
    * a cobro revertido = reverse charges.
    * a color = multi-colour [multi-color -USA].
    * a comienzos de + Expresión Temporal = early + Expresión Temporal, the.
    * a comienzos de + Fecha = in the early + Fecha, in the early part of + Fecha.
    * a comienzos de + Período de Tiempo = by the turn of + Período de Tiempo, at the turn of + Período de Tiempo.
    * a conciencia = deliberately, wilfully [willfully, -USA], by design, on purpose.
    * a condición de que + Subjuntivo = provided (that), providing (that), as long as.
    * a contenido enriquecido = content-enriched.
    * a continuación = next, then, in the following, herewith.
    * a continuación se enumeran = given below.
    * a contracorriente = against the grain.
    * a contraluz = against the light.
    * a contrapelo = against the grain, against the nap.
    * a coro = with one voice, in unison.
    * a corto plazo = before very long, short term [short-term], in the short run, short-range, at short notice, in the short term, short-run.
    * a costa de = at the cost of, at the expense of, at + Nombre's + expense, at cost of.
    * a costa de mucho = at (a) great expense.
    * a costa de otro = at someone else's expense.
    * a costa de otros = at other people's expense.
    * a criterio de = at the discretion of.
    * a cualquier hora = anytime, around the clock.
    * a cualquier hora del día o de la noche = at any hour of the day or night, at any time of the day or night.
    * a cualquier precio = at any cost, at all costs, at any price.
    * a cuatro aguas = hipped.
    * a cuatro patas = on all fours, on four legs.
    * a cuenta de = at the expense of.
    * a cuenta de la empresa = at company expense.
    * a cuenta de otro = at someone else's expense.
    * a cuenta de otros = at other people's expense.
    * a cuenta propia = at + Posesivo + expense, at + Posesivo + own expense.
    * a cuerpo de rey = the lap of luxury.
    * a cuestas = in tow.
    * a decir de todos = by all accounts.
    * a decir verdad = to tell the truth, if the truth be known, if the truth be told, in all truth, in truth, fact is, the fact is (that), to be fair.
    * a decir verdad... = the fact of the matter is that....
    * a demanda = pro re nata.
    * a deshora(s) = at odd times, out of hours.
    * a día de hoy = as of today.
    * a diario = every day.
    * a diestro y siniestro = like there's no tomorrow.
    * a dieta = on a diet.
    * a diferencia de = apart from, as opposed to, in contradistinction to, as contrasted with, in contrast (to/with), quite apart from, in sharp contrast (with).
    * a diferencia de + Nombre = unlike + Nombre.
    * a diferentes niveles = multi-tiered [multitiered], multi-tier [multitier].
    * a discreción = at will, no holds barred.
    * a disgusto = unwillingly, reluctantly.
    * a disposición de = at the disposal of.
    * a distancia = remote, remotely, distantly.
    * a doble espacio = double-spaced.
    * a domicilio = domiciliary.
    * ¿a dónde se dirige(n)...? = whither?.
    * ¿a dónde va(n)...? = whither?.
    * ¿a dónde vas? = quo vadis, whither thou goest.
    * a dos niveles = two-tier.
    * a dos velas = skint, penniless, broke.
    * a duras penas = with great difficulty.
    * a efectos de = in terms of, for the purpose of + Nombre.
    * a efectos prácticos = to all intents and purposes, for all practical purposes, for all intents and purposes, to all intents.
    * a él = him.
    * a ellos = them.
    * a escala = drawn-to-scale.
    * a escala industrial = on an industrial scale, industrial-scale.
    * a escala mundial = globally, on a global scale.
    * a escala natural = full-scale.
    * a escondidas = by stealth, stealthily, furtively, on the quiet, on the sly.
    * a eso = thereto.
    * a espaldas de = out of sight of.
    * a estas alturas = by now.
    * a este fin = to this end.
    * a este paso = at this rate.
    * a este respecto = in this respect.
    * a este ritmo = at this rate.
    * a estrenar = brand new.
    * a examen = under the microscope.
    * a excepción de = barring, except for, excepting, other than, with the exception of, short of.
    * a excepción de que = except that.
    * a excepción de uno = with one exception.
    * a expensas de = at the expense of, at + Nombre's + expense.
    * a expensas de otro = at someone else's expense.
    * a expensas de otros = at other people's expense.
    * a + Expresión Temporal = as of + Expresión Temporal.
    * a falta de = for want of, in the absence of, in default of, for lack of, short of.
    * a favor = in favour.
    * a favor de = in favour of.
    * a favor de la decisión personal sobre el aborto = pro-choice.
    * a favor de la esclavitud = pro-slavery.
    * a favor de la raza negra = pro-black [problack].
    * a favor de la vida humana = pro-life.
    * a favor y en contra = pro and con.
    * a + Fecha = as per + Fecha.
    * a finales de = by the end of, at the close of + Expresión Temporal.
    * a finales de + Expresión Temporal = as of late + Expresión Temporal, at the end of + Expresión Temporal, by the close of + Expresión Temporal.
    * a finales de + Fecha = in the late + Fecha, in late + Fecha.
    * a finales de los + Década = late + Década, the.
    * a finales del + Siglo = late + Siglo, late period of + Siglo.
    * a fin de cuentas = at the end of the day, in the end, in the final count, in the grand scheme of things, when all is said and done, after all is said and done.
    * a fondo = fully, thoroughly, full-scale.
    * a fondo perdido = non-refundable.
    * ¡a freír espárragos! = on your bike!.
    * a fuerza de = by dint of.
    * a fuerza de cometer errores = the hard way.
    * a fuerza de errores = the hard way.
    * a gas = gas-powered.
    * a gatas = on all fours.
    * a grandes rasgos = broadly, rough draft.
    * a granel = in bulk.
    * a gran escala = large scale [large-scale], massive, on a wide scale, high-volume, wide-scale, on a broad scale, in a big way, on a grand scale.
    * a gran velocidad = at great speed.
    * a grito limpio = at the top of + Posesivo + voice.
    * a grito pelado = at the top of + Posesivo + voice.
    * a gritos = vociferously.
    * a groso modo = crudely.
    * a grosso modo = roughly, rough draft.
    * a gusto = at ease, at leisure.
    * a gusto de = to the liking of, at the pleasure of.
    * a horcajadas = astride.
    * a hurtadillas = surreptitiously, by stealth, stealthily, furtively, on the sly.
    * a imitación de lo clásico = classicising [classicizing, -USA], classicised [classicized, -USA].
    * a iniciativa de = at the initiative of.
    * a iniciativas del gobierno = government-led.
    * a instancia de = at the urging of.
    * a instancias de = at the instigation of, at the behest of, under the auspices of.
    * a intervalos = at intervals.
    * a intervalos + Adjetivo = at + Adjetivo + intervals.
    * a intervalos semanales = at weekly intervals.
    * a invitación de = at the invitation of.
    * a jabón = soapy [soapier -comp., soapiest -sup.].
    * a juicio = on trial.
    * a juicio público = in the public eye.
    * a juzgar por = to judge by, judging by, judging from.
    * a la acuarela = water-coloured [water-colored, -USA].
    * a la alcaldía = mayoral.
    * a la altura de = of the stature of, equal to.
    * a la altura de la cintura = waist high, waist deep.
    * a la altura de la rodilla = knee-high.
    * a la altura de los hombros = shoulder-high.
    * a la anchura de los hombros = shoulder-width.
    * a la anochecida = at nightfall.
    * a la antigua = old-style.
    * a la antigua usanza = old-style.
    * a la atención de = c/o (care of).
    * a la baja = on the wane.
    * a la brasa = grilled.
    * a la buena de Dios = out in the cold.
    * a la cabeza de = in the forefront of/in.
    * a la caída de la noche = at nightfall, at twilight.
    * a la caída de la tarde = at twilight.
    * a la carta = a la carte.
    * a la defensiva = on the defensive.
    * a la derecha = at the right.
    * a la derecha de = on the right side of, on the right-hand side of.
    * a la deriva = rudderless.
    * a la discreción de = at the discretion of.
    * a la disposición de Alguien = at + Posesivo + disposal.
    * a la expectativa de = on the lookout for, on the alert for.
    * a la + Expresión Temporal = a + Expresión Temporal.
    * a la fuerza = forcefully, of necessity, forcibly, compulsorily.
    * a la fuga = on the run, on the lam.
    * a la hora de + Infinitivo = when it came to + Gerundio, when it comes to + Gerundio.
    * a la hora de la verdad = when push comes to shove, if it comes to the crunch, when it comes to the crunch, when the worst comes to the worst, if the worst comes to the worst, when the crunch comes to the crunch, if the crunch comes to the crunch.
    * a la hora del café = at coffee.
    * a la intemperie = in the open, exposed.
    * a la inversa = mirror-fashion, mirror image, in reverse.
    * a la izquierda = at the left.
    * a la larga = in the long term, over the long term, in the end, eventually, for the long pull, over a period of time, over the long haul, in the far term, ultimately, by and by.
    * a la ligera = lightly.
    * a la luz de = in light of, in the light of.
    * a la luz de la luna = by moonlight, in the moonlight, moonlit.
    * a la luz de las estrellas = by starlight.
    * a la luz de las velas = by candlelight, candlelight, candlelit.
    * a la luz del día = in the light of day.
    * a la luz de una lámpara de gas = by gaslight.
    * a la misma altura que = in the same league as.
    * a la moda = trendy [trendier -comp., trendiest -sup.].
    * a la onda = in the know.
    * a la opinión pública = in the public eye.
    * a la par = in concert, in tandem, neck and neck, in a tandem fashion, in parallel.
    * a la par que = in tandem with, hand in hand (with), as the same time as.
    * a la parrilla = grilled, on the grill.
    * a la perfección = superbly.
    * a la plancha = griddled, on the griddle, on the hotplate.
    * a largo plazo = in the long term, over the long term, long-range, in the long run, long-term, over the long run, over the long haul, long-run, in the far term, far-term.
    * a la salida = on the way out.
    * a la sazón = at that time.
    * a las doce del mediodía = at high noon.
    * a la semana = a week, per week.
    * a las mil maravillas = marvellously [marvelously, -USA], famously, like a house on fire.
    * a la sombra de = in the shadow of.
    * a las puertas de = on the threshold of.
    * a la última = hip [hipper -comp., hippest -sup.], on the fast track, hipped.
    * a la vanguardia = on the cutting edge, on the leading edge, in the fast lane, on the fast track, at the leading edge, on the bleeding edge.
    * a la vanguardia de = in the vanguard of, at the forefront of, in the forefront of/in, at the vanguard of.
    * a la velocidad de la luz = at the speed of light.
    * a la velocidad del rayo = at the speed of lightning.
    * a la velocidad del sonido = at the speed of sound.
    * a la venta = on release.
    * a la vez = at once, at one time, at similar times, at the same time, concurrently, side-by-side, simultaneously, at the same instant, in parallel, in tandem, at the one time, in a tandem fashion, at a time, in unison.
    * a la vez que = hand in hand (with), cum, in conjunction with, in unison with.
    * a la vista = in sight, within sight.
    * a la vista de = in light of, in the light of.
    * a la vuelta de = on the return leg of.
    * a la zaga = not far behind, in tow.
    * al azar = lucky draw, lucky dip.
    * al extremo norte = northernmost.
    * al extremo oeste = westernmost.
    * al hacer esto = in doing so.
    * al norte del estado = upstate.
    * a lo extremo = to the extreme.
    * a lo grande = in a big way, big time, grandly, on a grand scale.
    * a lo hecho, pecho = no use crying over spilt/spilled milk, you've made your bed, now you must lie in it!.
    * a lo largo de = along, down, throughout.
    * a lo largo de + Expresión Temporal = sometime + Expresión Temporal.
    * a lo largo de la historia = over time.
    * a lo largo de la ruta = along the way.
    * a lo largo del tiempo = longitudinal, longitudinally.
    * a lo largo de todo = the entire length of.
    * a lo largo y ancho del país = countrywide [country-wide].
    * a lo largo y ancho de + Lugar = up and down + Lugar.
    * a lo lejos = in the distance.
    * a lo loco = helter-skelter, like there's no tomorrow.
    * a lo máximo = at best, at most, at the most.
    * a lo mejor = perhaps.
    * a lo que salga = come what may.
    * a los ojos de = in the eyes of.
    * a lo sumo = at best, at most, at the most.
    * al otro lado del atlántico = across the pond.
    * al otro lado del charco = across the pond.
    * al otro lado del océano = across the pond.
    * a lo zombi = zombielike.
    * a mano = by hand, manually, nearby [near-by], handy, within reach, within easy reach.
    * a mano alzada = by a show of hands.
    * a mano derecha de = on the right side of, on the right-hand side of.
    * a manojos = by the handful.
    * a manos de = at the hands of.
    * a marchas forzadas = in a rush, against the clock.
    * a mares = cats and dogs.
    * a más largo plazo = longer-term.
    * a más..., más... = the + Comparativo..., the + Comparativo....
    * a más tardar = at the latest.
    * a mata caballo = in a hurry, hurried, hurriedly, helter-skelter.
    * a media asta = at half-mast, at half staff.
    * a mediados de = in the middle decades of.
    * a mediados de + Fecha = in the mid + Fecha.
    * a mediados de semana = midweek.
    * a media jornada = half-time [half time].
    * a media mañana = mid-morning.
    * a medianoche = at midnight.
    * a medias = half-hearted [halfhearted], qualified.
    * a medias entre... y... = betwixt and between.
    * a medida = custom, bespoke.
    * a medida que + avanzar + el año = as the year + wear on.
    * a medida que + avanzar + el día = as the day + wear on.
    * a medida que pasaba el tiempo = as time passed (by), as time went by.
    * a medida que pasa el tiempo = as time passes (by).
    * a medida que pasa + Expresión Temporal = as + Expresión Temporal + go by.
    * a medida que + pasar + el año = as the year + wear on.
    * a medida que + pasar + el día = as the day + wear on.
    * a medida que se necesite = on demand, on request, as required.
    * a medida que + transcurrir + el año = as the year + wear on.
    * a medida que + transcurrir + el día = as the day + wear on.
    * a medio abrir = half-opened.
    * a medio camino = halfway [half-way/half way].
    * a medio comprender = half-understood.
    * a medio formar = half-formed.
    * a medio fuego = medium heat.
    * a medio hacer = halfway done, half done.
    * a medio plazo = medium-term, near-term, in the medium term, in the mid-term, mid-term [midterm].
    * a medio rimar = half-rhymed.
    * a medio vestir = half dressed.
    * a menor escala = at a reduced rate.
    * a menos que = unless, short of.
    * a menudo = oftentimes [often times], ofttimes [oft-times].
    * a merced de = at the mercy of.
    * a mí = me.
    * a mi entender = to my mind.
    * a mi modo de ver = in my books.
    * a mi parecer = to my mind, methinks, in my books.
    * a mitad de = half way through, halfway through.
    * a mitad de camino = halfway [half-way/half way].
    * a mitad de camino entre... y... = midway between, half way between... and....
    * a mitad de camino entre... y... = astride... and....
    * a mitad de precio = at half price.
    * a mí también me gustaría tener la misma oportunidad = turnabout is fair play.
    * a modo de = by way of, in the vein of, as a kind of.
    * a modo de aclaración = in parenthesis, on a sidenote.
    * a modo de advertencia = cautionary.
    * a modo de ejemplo = by way of illustration.
    * a modo de explicación = parenthetically.
    * a modo de ilustración = by way of illustration.
    * a modo de inciso = in passing, by the way of (a) digression.
    * a modo de paréntesis = parenthetical.
    * a modo de prólogo = prefatory.
    * a modo de resumen = wrap-up.
    * a mogollón = aplenty [a-plenty].
    * a montón = aplenty [a-plenty].
    * a montones = in droves, by the sackful.
    * a muchos niveles = many-levelled [many-leveled, -USA].
    * a muerte = bitter, bitterly.
    * a nadie le importa nada = nobody + gives a damn.
    * a nivel de barrio = neighbourhood-based.
    * a nivel de calle = on the ground level.
    * a nivel de la calle = at ground level.
    * a nivel del suelo = at ground level.
    * a nivel estatal = statewide [state-wide].
    * a nivel federal = federally, federally.
    * a nivel individual = privately.
    * a nivel local = locally, domestically.
    * a nivel multicultural = multi-culturally [multiculturally].
    * a nivel mundial = worldwide [world-wide], globally.
    * a nivel nacional = nationally, domestically, countrywide [country-wide].
    * a nivel privado = privately.
    * a nivel regional = regionally.
    * a nombre de = payable to.
    * a no ser que = unless.
    * a nosotros = us.
    * a ojo = ocular.
    * a ojos vista = before + Posesivo + (own two) eyes.
    * a orillas del océano = oceanfront.
    * a orillas del río = riverfront.
    * a orillas de un lago = lakeside, lakefront, by the lakeside.
    * a otro sitio = somewhere else.
    * a pares = in pairs.
    * a partes iguales = share and share alike, in equal measure(s).
    * a partir de = on the basis of, based on, working from, from, on a diet of, in response to.
    * a partir de ahora = from now on, from this point on, henceforth, as of now.
    * a partir de ahora y durante + Cuantificador + años = for + Cuantificador + years to come.
    * a partir de aquí = hereupon.
    * a partir de ello = therefrom.
    * a partir de entonces = from this time on, hereafter, thereafter, whereafter, from then on, thenceforth, henceforth, from that moment on.
    * a partir de ese momento = from that moment on.
    * a partir de este momento = hereinafter.
    * a partir de esto = on this basis, on that basis.
    * a partir de + Fecha = from + Fecha, effective + Fecha.
    * a partir de hoy = as from today.
    * a partir de la medianoche = late night.
    * a partir de los títulos = title-based.
    * a paso de tortuga = at a snail's pace.
    * a paso ligero = on the double.
    * a pasos agigantados = at an exponential rate, at exponential rates, by leaps and bounds.
    * a pedir de boca = without a hitch.
    * a pequeña escala = in a small way, small scale [small-scale].
    * a perpetuidad = in perpetuity.
    * a pesar de (que) = albeit (that), despite, in spite of, notwithstanding, although, despite the fact that, in spite of the fact that.
    * a pesar de todo = all the same, in spite of everything, despite everything, despite it all, in spite of it all, all this said.
    * a pesar de todo + Posesivo + Nombre = for all + Posesivo + Nombre.
    * a petición de = at the request of, at the urging of, at the behest of.
    * a petición del usuario = on demand, on request.
    * a petición popular = by popular demand.
    * a pie = on foot, afoot, dismounted.
    * a pilas = battery-operated.
    * a pique = sinking.
    * a placer = at will.
    * a plena luz del día = in broad daylight.
    * a poca distancia = not far behind.
    * a poca distancia andando = within walking distance, within an easy walk.
    * a poca distancia a pie = within an easy walk, within walking distance.
    * a pocos minutos andando = within walking distance, within easy walking distance, within an easy walk.
    * a pocos minutos a pie = within walking distance, within easy walking distance, within an easy walk.
    * a porrillo = by the handful.
    * a + Posesivo + aire = to + Posesivo + heart's content.
    * a + Posesivo + alcance = in the ballpark for + Pronombre, in + Posesivo + ballpark range.
    * a + Posesivo + costa = at + Posesivo + expense.
    * a + Posesivo + cuidado = in + Posesivo + safekeeping.
    * a + Posesivo + discreción = at will, at + Posesivo + discretion.
    * a + Posesivo + disposición = at + Posesivo + disposal.
    * a + Posesivo + entender = to the best of + Posesivo + belief.
    * a + Posesivo + espaldas = behind + Posesivo + back.
    * a + Posesivo + expensas = at + Posesivo + expense.
    * a + Posesivo + favor = in + Posesivo + favour, to + Posesivo + credit.
    * a + Posesivo + juicio = in + Posesivo + estimation.
    * a + Posesivo + manera = in + Posesivo + own way.
    * a + Posesivo + saber = to the best of + Posesivo + knowledge.
    * a + Posesivo + saber y entender = to the best of + Posesivo + knowledge and belief.
    * a + Posesivo + servicio = at + Posesivo + service.
    * a + Posesivo + sorprender = much to + Posesivo + surprise.
    * a + Posesivo + vista = before + Posesivo + (own two) eyes.
    * a posteriori = reactive, in retrospect, after-the-fact, hindsight, with hindsight, a posteriori, in hindsight.
    * a precio de coste = at cost price, at cost.
    * a precio de costo = at cost price, at cost.
    * a precio de ganga = at a steal.
    * a precio especial = at reduced cost, discounted, cut-rate, cut-price.
    * a precio razonable = at reasonable cost(s).
    * a precio reducido = at a discount.
    * a precios competitivos = competitively priced.
    * a precios especiales = at reduced rates, at preferential rates.
    * a precios razonables = at affordable prices.
    * a presión = pressurised [pressurized, -USA].
    * a primera hora de la mañana = first thing in the morning.
    * a primera hora de + Período del Día = first thing + Período del Día.
    * a primeras horas de la tarde = late afternoon.
    * a primera vista = on first acquaintance, at first sight, on first inspection, on the face of it, at first blush, at first glance, on the surface, prima facie, first-blush.
    * a primeros de + Fecha = in the early + Fecha.
    * a principios de + Fecha = in the early + Fecha.
    * a principios de los + Década = early + Década, the.
    * a priori = proactive [pro-active], foresight, a priori, on the surface.
    * a prisa = quickly.
    * a propósito = deliberate, for the record, incidentally, intentionally, by the way, in passing, anecdotally, purposely, by design, on purpose, wilfully [willfully, -USA], on a sidenote, studiously, by the way of (a) digression, by the by(e), speaking of which, designedly.
    * a propósito de = apropos of.
    * a propósito de nada = for no specific reason, for no particular reason.
    * a prueba = on trial.
    * a prueba de bombas = ruggedised [ruggedized, -USA], bomb-proof.
    * a prueba de conejos = rabbit-proof.
    * a prueba de fallos = fail-safe.
    * a prueba de incendios = fireproof [fire-proof].
    * a prueba de niños = childproof.
    * a prueba de robos = theft proof.
    * a prueba de tornados = tornado proof.
    * a prueba de un tratamiento duro = ruggedised [ruggedized, -USA].
    * a prueba de viento = windproof.
    * a puerta cerrada = behind closed doors.
    * a punta de pistola = at gunpoint.
    * a punto de = on the verge of, a heartbeat away from.
    * a punto de + Infinitivo = about to + Infinitivo.
    * a punto de irse a pique = on the rocks.
    * a punto de morir = on + Posesivo + deathbed.
    * a puñados = by the sackful, by the handful.
    * a quemarropa = point blank.
    * a quien madruga, Dios le ayuda = the early bird catches the worm.
    * a quienquiera que = whomever.
    * a rachas = by fits and starts.
    * a ráfagas = in bursts.
    * a raíz de = in the wake of.
    * a rajatabla = to the letter.
    * a ras de = flush with.
    * a ras de la calle = ground-floor.
    * a ras del suelo = at ground level.
    * a rastras = in tow.
    * a ratos = intermittently.
    * a reacción = jet-assisted.
    * a rebosar (de) = jam-packed (with), filled to capacity.
    * a regañadientes = grudgingly, grudging, begrudgingly, unwillingly, reluctantly.
    * a régimen = on a diet.
    * a remolque = in tow.
    * a reventar (de) = jam-packed (with), filled to capacity.
    * a saber = namely, viz, to wit.
    * a sabiendas = knowing, knowingly, wilfully [willfully, -USA].
    * a sabiendas de que = on the understanding that.
    * a sacudidas = jerkily.
    * a saltitos = jerky [jerkier -comp., jerkiest -sup.].
    * a salvo = in a safe place, in safekeeping, out of harm's way.
    * a sangre fría = cold-blooded.
    * a ser posible = if possible.
    * a simple vista = by the naked eye, superficially, on first thought.
    * a solas = all by + Reflexivo, by + Reflexivo.
    * a su debido tiempo = in due course, timely, in due time.
    * a sueldo = paid.
    * a su precio normal = at full price.
    * a su propio ritmo = at an individual pace.
    * a su tiempo = in a timely fashion, in due course, in a timely manner.
    * a su vez = Verbo + further, in turn, in its/their turn.
    * a tal efecto = to this effect.
    * a tales efectos = hereto.
    * a tarifa reducida = at reduced cost.
    * a tarifas especiales = at reduced rates, at preferential rates.
    * a temperatura ambiente = at room temperature.
    * a tener en cuenta en el futuro = for future reference.
    * a tenor de = in light of, in the face of, in the light of, in view of.
    * a ti = you, thee.
    * a tiempo = in timely fashion, on time, promptly, timely, just in time, in time.
    * a tiempo completo = full-time.
    * a tiempo parcial = part-time.
    * a tientas = in the dark.
    * a tientas y a ciegas = blindly, in the dark.
    * a ti mismo = yourself, thyself.
    * a tiro = within gunshot, within range.
    * a tirones = jerky [jerkier -comp., jerkiest -sup.].
    * a título de = by way of, for the sake of.
    * a título gratuito = gratuitous.
    * a título personal = in a personal capacity, in a private capacity.
    * a toda costa = absolutely, at all costs, come what may, at any cost, at any price.
    * a toda máquina = in the fast lane, fast lane, full steam ahead, at full tilt, full-tilt, full-throttle, at full throttle, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed.
    * a toda marcha = at full throttle, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed, at full stretch.
    * a toda mecha = at a rate of knots, full steam ahead, at full blast, at full throttle, at top speed, at full speed, at full stretch.
    * a toda pasta = at a rate of knots.
    * a toda pastilla = in the fast lane, on the fast track, fast lane, overdrive, full steam ahead, full-tilt, at full tilt, full-throttle, at full throttle, at a rate of knots, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed.
    * a toda prueba = unswerving.
    * a todas horas = at all hours, around the clock.
    * a todas luces = patently.
    * a todas partes = far and wide.
    * a toda velocidad = full-tilt, at full tilt, full-throttle, at full throttle, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed.
    * a todo alrededor = all round.
    * a todo color = full-colour, in full colour.
    * a todo gas = full steam ahead, full-tilt, at full tilt, full-throttle, at full throttle, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed, at full stretch.
    * a todo lo largo de = the length of.
    * a todo meter = full steam ahead, at full stretch, at full speed, at full blast, at top speed, at full throttle.
    * a todo ritmo = in full swing, in full force, in full gear.
    * a todos lados = far and wide.
    * a todos los efectos = to all intents and purposes, to all intents, for all practical purposes, for all intents and purposes.
    * a todos los niveles = at all levels.
    * a todos nosotros = us all.
    * a todos por igual = one size fits all.
    * a todo vapor = full steam ahead, full-tilt, at full tilt, full-throttle, at full throttle, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed, at full stretch.
    * a todo volumen = at full blast.
    * a tontas y a ciegas = headlong, runaway.
    * a tontas y locas = like there's no tomorrow, without rhyme or reason.
    * a tope = packed to capacity, in the fast lane, fast lane, choc-a-block, chock-full, in full swing, in full gear, packed to the rafters.
    * a trancas y barrancas = with great difficulty, by fits and starts.
    * a través de = by way of, in the form of, through, via, out of, through the agency of.
    * a través de Internet = Internet-based, Web-based, Web-supported.
    * a través de la historia = over time.
    * a través de la TI = IT-enabled.
    * a través de la web = Web-based, Web-supported.
    * a través de los años = over the years, down the years.
    * a través de los ojos de = through the eyes of.
    * a través de los siglos = over the centuries.
    * a través del teléfono = call-in.
    * a través del tiempo = over time.
    * a través de operador = operator-assisted.
    * a tres bandas = three pronged.
    * a tres niveles = three-tiered.
    * a troche y moche = like there's no tomorrow.
    * a trompicones = by fits and starts.
    * a tropezones = falteringly, hesitantly, haltingly, jerkily.
    * a trozos = piecewise.
    * ¡A tu salud! = Here's to you!.
    * a última hora = at the last minute, at the eleventh hour, last minute [last-minute], at the very last minute, at the very last moment, at the very last.
    * a últimas horas de la tarde = late evening.
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    * a + Adjetivo + escala = on a + Adjetivo + scale.
    * a alguna parte = someplace.
    * a alta presión = high-pressured, high-pressure.
    * a altas horas de la noche = late at night.
    * a ambas orillas del Atlántico = on both sides of the ocean, on both sides of the Atlantic.
    * a ambos lados de = on either side of.
    * a ambos lados del Altántico = on both sides of the ocean, on both sides of the Atlantic.
    * a ambos lados de + Lugar = on both sides of + Lugar.
    * a años luz de = light years away from.
    * a bajas temperaturas = at low temperature.
    * a bajo coste = low-cost.
    * a bajo costo = low-cost.
    * a bajo nivel = low-level.
    * a bajo precio = lower-cost, at a low price, on the cheap.
    * a base de = in the form of, on a diet of.
    * a base de carne = meaty [meatier -comp., meatiest -sup.].
    * a base de cometer errores = the hard way.
    * a base de errores = the hard way.
    * a boca de jarro = at close range.
    * a bocajarro = point blank.
    * a bombo y platillo = fanfare, with a bang.
    * a bordo = aboard, on board ship.
    * a bordo de = aboard, onboard.
    * a bordo de un barco = shipboard, on board ship.
    * a buen recaudo = in a safe place, in safekeeping.
    * a caballo = on horseback, astride.
    * a caballo entre = astride... and..., midway between.
    * a caballo entre... y... = half way between... and....
    * a caballo regalado no se le mira el diente = never look a gift horse in the mouth.
    * a cada rato = every so often, every now and then, every now and again, every once in a while.
    * a cambio = in return.
    * a cambio de = in exchange for, in return for.
    * a cambio de nada = for nothing.
    * a cántaros = cats and dogs.
    * a cargo = in the saddle.
    * a cargo (de) = charged with, in charge (of), at the helm (of).
    * a cargo de Alguien = under supervision.
    * a cargo de las riendas = in the saddle.
    * a cargo del ayuntamiento = local authority-run.
    * a cargo del gobierno = government-operated, government-run.
    * a cargo de una sola persona = one-man band.
    * a cargo de voluntarios = volunteer-run.
    * a chorros = profusely.
    * a ciegas = blindfold, blindly, blindfolded, in the dark.
    * a ciencia cierta = for sure, for certain.
    * a cierta distancia = some distance away.
    * a cierta distancia de = off.
    * a cierta distancia de la costa = offshore.
    * a cierta distancia del litoral = offshore.
    * a cobro revertido = reverse charges.
    * a color = multi-colour [multi-color -USA].
    * a comienzos de + Expresión Temporal = early + Expresión Temporal, the.
    * a comienzos de + Fecha = in the early + Fecha, in the early part of + Fecha.
    * a comienzos de + Período de Tiempo = by the turn of + Período de Tiempo, at the turn of + Período de Tiempo.
    * a conciencia = deliberately, wilfully [willfully, -USA], by design, on purpose.
    * a condición de que + Subjuntivo = provided (that), providing (that), as long as.
    * a contenido enriquecido = content-enriched.
    * a continuación = next, then, in the following, herewith.
    * a continuación se enumeran = given below.
    * a contracorriente = against the grain.
    * a contraluz = against the light.
    * a contrapelo = against the grain, against the nap.
    * a coro = with one voice, in unison.
    * a corto plazo = before very long, short term [short-term], in the short run, short-range, at short notice, in the short term, short-run.
    * a costa de = at the cost of, at the expense of, at + Nombre's + expense, at cost of.
    * a costa de mucho = at (a) great expense.
    * a costa de otro = at someone else's expense.
    * a costa de otros = at other people's expense.
    * a criterio de = at the discretion of.
    * a cualquier hora = anytime, around the clock.
    * a cualquier hora del día o de la noche = at any hour of the day or night, at any time of the day or night.
    * a cualquier precio = at any cost, at all costs, at any price.
    * a cuatro aguas = hipped.
    * a cuatro patas = on all fours, on four legs.
    * a cuenta de = at the expense of.
    * a cuenta de la empresa = at company expense.
    * a cuenta de otro = at someone else's expense.
    * a cuenta de otros = at other people's expense.
    * a cuenta propia = at + Posesivo + expense, at + Posesivo + own expense.
    * a cuerpo de rey = the lap of luxury.
    * a cuestas = in tow.
    * a decir de todos = by all accounts.
    * a decir verdad = to tell the truth, if the truth be known, if the truth be told, in all truth, in truth, fact is, the fact is (that), to be fair.
    * a decir verdad... = the fact of the matter is that....
    * a demanda = pro re nata.
    * a deshora(s) = at odd times, out of hours.
    * a día de hoy = as of today.
    * a diario = every day.
    * a diestro y siniestro = like there's no tomorrow.
    * a dieta = on a diet.
    * a diferencia de = apart from, as opposed to, in contradistinction to, as contrasted with, in contrast (to/with), quite apart from, in sharp contrast (with).
    * a diferencia de + Nombre = unlike + Nombre.
    * a diferentes niveles = multi-tiered [multitiered], multi-tier [multitier].
    * a discreción = at will, no holds barred.
    * a disgusto = unwillingly, reluctantly.
    * a disposición de = at the disposal of.
    * a distancia = remote, remotely, distantly.
    * a doble espacio = double-spaced.
    * a domicilio = domiciliary.
    * ¿a dónde se dirige(n)...? = whither?.
    * ¿a dónde va(n)...? = whither?.
    * ¿a dónde vas? = quo vadis, whither thou goest.
    * a dos niveles = two-tier.
    * a dos velas = skint, penniless, broke.
    * a duras penas = with great difficulty.
    * a efectos de = in terms of, for the purpose of + Nombre.
    * a efectos prácticos = to all intents and purposes, for all practical purposes, for all intents and purposes, to all intents.
    * a él = him.
    * a ellos = them.
    * a escala = drawn-to-scale.
    * a escala industrial = on an industrial scale, industrial-scale.
    * a escala mundial = globally, on a global scale.
    * a escala natural = full-scale.
    * a escondidas = by stealth, stealthily, furtively, on the quiet, on the sly.
    * a eso = thereto.
    * a espaldas de = out of sight of.
    * a estas alturas = by now.
    * a este fin = to this end.
    * a este paso = at this rate.
    * a este respecto = in this respect.
    * a este ritmo = at this rate.
    * a estrenar = brand new.
    * a examen = under the microscope.
    * a excepción de = barring, except for, excepting, other than, with the exception of, short of.
    * a excepción de que = except that.
    * a excepción de uno = with one exception.
    * a expensas de = at the expense of, at + Nombre's + expense.
    * a expensas de otro = at someone else's expense.
    * a expensas de otros = at other people's expense.
    * a + Expresión Temporal = as of + Expresión Temporal.
    * a falta de = for want of, in the absence of, in default of, for lack of, short of.
    * a favor = in favour.
    * a favor de = in favour of.
    * a favor de la decisión personal sobre el aborto = pro-choice.
    * a favor de la esclavitud = pro-slavery.
    * a favor de la raza negra = pro-black [problack].
    * a favor de la vida humana = pro-life.
    * a favor y en contra = pro and con.
    * a + Fecha = as per + Fecha.
    * a finales de = by the end of, at the close of + Expresión Temporal.
    * a finales de + Expresión Temporal = as of late + Expresión Temporal, at the end of + Expresión Temporal, by the close of + Expresión Temporal.
    * a finales de + Fecha = in the late + Fecha, in late + Fecha.
    * a finales de los + Década = late + Década, the.
    * a finales del + Siglo = late + Siglo, late period of + Siglo.
    * a fin de cuentas = at the end of the day, in the end, in the final count, in the grand scheme of things, when all is said and done, after all is said and done.
    * a fondo = fully, thoroughly, full-scale.
    * a fondo perdido = non-refundable.
    * ¡a freír espárragos! = on your bike!.
    * a fuerza de = by dint of.
    * a fuerza de cometer errores = the hard way.
    * a fuerza de errores = the hard way.
    * a gas = gas-powered.
    * a gatas = on all fours.
    * a grandes rasgos = broadly, rough draft.
    * a granel = in bulk.
    * a gran escala = large scale [large-scale], massive, on a wide scale, high-volume, wide-scale, on a broad scale, in a big way, on a grand scale.
    * a gran velocidad = at great speed.
    * a grito limpio = at the top of + Posesivo + voice.
    * a grito pelado = at the top of + Posesivo + voice.
    * a gritos = vociferously.
    * a groso modo = crudely.
    * a grosso modo = roughly, rough draft.
    * a gusto = at ease, at leisure.
    * a gusto de = to the liking of, at the pleasure of.
    * a horcajadas = astride.
    * a hurtadillas = surreptitiously, by stealth, stealthily, furtively, on the sly.
    * a imitación de lo clásico = classicising [classicizing, -USA], classicised [classicized, -USA].
    * a iniciativa de = at the initiative of.
    * a iniciativas del gobierno = government-led.
    * a instancia de = at the urging of.
    * a instancias de = at the instigation of, at the behest of, under the auspices of.
    * a intervalos = at intervals.
    * a intervalos + Adjetivo = at + Adjetivo + intervals.
    * a intervalos semanales = at weekly intervals.
    * a invitación de = at the invitation of.
    * a jabón = soapy [soapier -comp., soapiest -sup.].
    * a juicio = on trial.
    * a juicio público = in the public eye.
    * a juzgar por = to judge by, judging by, judging from.
    * a la acuarela = water-coloured [water-colored, -USA].
    * a la alcaldía = mayoral.
    * a la altura de = of the stature of, equal to.
    * a la altura de la cintura = waist high, waist deep.
    * a la altura de la rodilla = knee-high.
    * a la altura de los hombros = shoulder-high.
    * a la anchura de los hombros = shoulder-width.
    * a la anochecida = at nightfall.
    * a la antigua = old-style.
    * a la antigua usanza = old-style.
    * a la atención de = c/o (care of).
    * a la baja = on the wane.
    * a la brasa = grilled.
    * a la buena de Dios = out in the cold.
    * a la cabeza de = in the forefront of/in.
    * a la caída de la noche = at nightfall, at twilight.
    * a la caída de la tarde = at twilight.
    * a la carta = a la carte.
    * a la defensiva = on the defensive.
    * a la derecha = at the right.
    * a la derecha de = on the right side of, on the right-hand side of.
    * a la deriva = rudderless.
    * a la discreción de = at the discretion of.
    * a la disposición de Alguien = at + Posesivo + disposal.
    * a la expectativa de = on the lookout for, on the alert for.
    * a la + Expresión Temporal = a + Expresión Temporal.
    * a la fuerza = forcefully, of necessity, forcibly, compulsorily.
    * a la fuga = on the run, on the lam.
    * a la hora de + Infinitivo = when it came to + Gerundio, when it comes to + Gerundio.
    * a la hora de la verdad = when push comes to shove, if it comes to the crunch, when it comes to the crunch, when the worst comes to the worst, if the worst comes to the worst, when the crunch comes to the crunch, if the crunch comes to the crunch.
    * a la hora del café = at coffee.
    * a la intemperie = in the open, exposed.
    * a la inversa = mirror-fashion, mirror image, in reverse.
    * a la izquierda = at the left.
    * a la larga = in the long term, over the long term, in the end, eventually, for the long pull, over a period of time, over the long haul, in the far term, ultimately, by and by.
    * a la ligera = lightly.
    * a la luz de = in light of, in the light of.
    * a la luz de la luna = by moonlight, in the moonlight, moonlit.
    * a la luz de las estrellas = by starlight.
    * a la luz de las velas = by candlelight, candlelight, candlelit.
    * a la luz del día = in the light of day.
    * a la luz de una lámpara de gas = by gaslight.
    * a la mano de = available at the fingertips of.
    * a la misma altura que = in the same league as.
    * a la moda = trendy [trendier -comp., trendiest -sup.].
    * a la onda = in the know.
    * a la opinión pública = in the public eye.
    * a la par = in concert, in tandem, neck and neck, in a tandem fashion, in parallel.
    * a la par que = in tandem with, hand in hand (with), as the same time as.
    * a la parrilla = grilled, on the grill.
    * a la perfección = superbly.
    * a la plancha = griddled, on the griddle, on the hotplate.
    * a largo plazo = in the long term, over the long term, long-range, in the long run, long-term, over the long run, over the long haul, long-run, in the far term, far-term.
    * a la salida = on the way out.
    * a la sazón = at that time.
    * a las doce del mediodía = at high noon.
    * a la semana = a week, per week.
    * a las mil maravillas = marvellously [marvelously, -USA], famously, like a house on fire.
    * a la sombra de = in the shadow of.
    * a las puertas de = on the threshold of.
    * a la última = hip [hipper -comp., hippest -sup.], on the fast track, hipped.
    * a la vanguardia = on the cutting edge, on the leading edge, in the fast lane, on the fast track, at the leading edge, on the bleeding edge.
    * a la vanguardia de = in the vanguard of, at the forefront of, in the forefront of/in, at the vanguard of.
    * a la velocidad de la luz = at the speed of light.
    * a la velocidad del rayo = at the speed of lightning.
    * a la velocidad del sonido = at the speed of sound.
    * a la venta = on release.
    * a la vez = at once, at one time, at similar times, at the same time, concurrently, side-by-side, simultaneously, at the same instant, in parallel, in tandem, at the one time, in a tandem fashion, at a time, in unison.
    * a la vez que = hand in hand (with), cum, in conjunction with, in unison with.
    * a la vista = in sight, within sight.
    * a la vista de = in light of, in the light of.
    * a la vuelta de = on the return leg of.
    * a la zaga = not far behind, in tow.
    * al azar = lucky draw, lucky dip.
    * al extremo norte = northernmost.
    * al extremo oeste = westernmost.
    * al hacer esto = in doing so.
    * al norte del estado = upstate.
    * a lo extremo = to the extreme.
    * a lo grande = in a big way, big time, grandly, on a grand scale.
    * a lo hecho, pecho = no use crying over spilt/spilled milk, you've made your bed, now you must lie in it!.
    * a lo largo de = along, down, throughout.
    * a lo largo de + Expresión Temporal = sometime + Expresión Temporal.
    * a lo largo de la historia = over time.
    * a lo largo de la ruta = along the way.
    * a lo largo del tiempo = longitudinal, longitudinally.
    * a lo largo de todo = the entire length of.
    * a lo largo y ancho del país = countrywide [country-wide].
    * a lo largo y ancho de + Lugar = up and down + Lugar.
    * a lo lejos = in the distance.
    * a lo loco = helter-skelter, like there's no tomorrow.
    * a lo máximo = at best, at most, at the most.
    * a lo mejor = perhaps.
    * a lo que salga = come what may.
    * a los ojos de = in the eyes of.
    * a lo sumo = at best, at most, at the most.
    * al otro lado del atlántico = across the pond.
    * al otro lado del charco = across the pond.
    * al otro lado del océano = across the pond.
    * a lo zombi = zombielike.
    * a mano = by hand, manually, nearby [near-by], handy, within reach, within easy reach.
    * a mano alzada = by a show of hands.
    * a mano derecha de = on the right side of, on the right-hand side of.
    * a manojos = by the handful.
    * a manos de = at the hands of.
    * a marchas forzadas = in a rush, against the clock.
    * a mares = cats and dogs.
    * a más largo plazo = longer-term.
    * a más..., más... = the + Comparativo..., the + Comparativo....
    * a más tardar = at the latest.
    * a mata caballo = in a hurry, hurried, hurriedly, helter-skelter.
    * a media asta = at half-mast, at half staff.
    * a mediados de = in the middle decades of.
    * a mediados de + Fecha = in the mid + Fecha.
    * a mediados de semana = midweek.
    * a media jornada = half-time [half time].
    * a media mañana = mid-morning.
    * a medianoche = at midnight.
    * a medias = half-hearted [halfhearted], qualified.
    * a medias entre... y... = betwixt and between.
    * a medida = custom, bespoke.
    * a medida que + avanzar + el año = as the year + wear on.
    * a medida que + avanzar + el día = as the day + wear on.
    * a medida que pasaba el tiempo = as time passed (by), as time went by.
    * a medida que pasa el tiempo = as time passes (by).
    * a medida que pasa + Expresión Temporal = as + Expresión Temporal + go by.
    * a medida que + pasar + el año = as the year + wear on.
    * a medida que + pasar + el día = as the day + wear on.
    * a medida que se necesite = on demand, on request, as required.
    * a medida que + transcurrir + el año = as the year + wear on.
    * a medida que + transcurrir + el día = as the day + wear on.
    * a medio abrir = half-opened.
    * a medio camino = halfway [half-way/half way].
    * a medio comprender = half-understood.
    * a medio formar = half-formed.
    * a medio fuego = medium heat.
    * a medio hacer = halfway done, half done.
    * a medio plazo = medium-term, near-term, in the medium term, in the mid-term, mid-term [midterm].
    * a medio rimar = half-rhymed.
    * a medio vestir = half dressed.
    * a menor escala = at a reduced rate.
    * a menos que = unless, short of.
    * a menudo = oftentimes [often times], ofttimes [oft-times].
    * a merced de = at the mercy of.
    * a mí = me.
    * a mi entender = to my mind.
    * a mi modo de ver = in my books.
    * a mi parecer = to my mind, methinks, in my books.
    * a mitad de = half way through, halfway through.
    * a mitad de camino = halfway [half-way/half way].
    * a mitad de camino entre... y... = midway between, half way between... and....
    * a mitad de camino entre... y... = astride... and....
    * a mitad de precio = at half price.
    * a mí también me gustaría tener la misma oportunidad = turnabout is fair play.
    * a modo de = by way of, in the vein of, as a kind of.
    * a modo de aclaración = in parenthesis, on a sidenote.
    * a modo de advertencia = cautionary.
    * a modo de ejemplo = by way of illustration.
    * a modo de explicación = parenthetically.
    * a modo de ilustración = by way of illustration.
    * a modo de inciso = in passing, by the way of (a) digression.
    * a modo de paréntesis = parenthetical.
    * a modo de prólogo = prefatory.
    * a modo de resumen = wrap-up.
    * a mogollón = aplenty [a-plenty].
    * a montón = aplenty [a-plenty].
    * a montones = in droves, by the sackful.
    * a muchos niveles = many-levelled [many-leveled, -USA].
    * a muerte = bitter, bitterly.
    * a nadie le importa nada = nobody + gives a damn.
    * a nivel de barrio = neighbourhood-based.
    * a nivel de calle = on the ground level.
    * a nivel de la calle = at ground level.
    * a nivel del suelo = at ground level.
    * a nivel estatal = statewide [state-wide].
    * a nivel federal = federally, federally.
    * a nivel individual = privately.
    * a nivel local = locally, domestically.
    * a nivel multicultural = multi-culturally [multiculturally].
    * a nivel mundial = worldwide [world-wide], globally.
    * a nivel nacional = nationally, domestically, countrywide [country-wide].
    * a nivel privado = privately.
    * a nivel regional = regionally.
    * a nombre de = payable to.
    * a no ser que = unless.
    * a nosotros = us.
    * a ojo = ocular.
    * a ojos vista = before + Posesivo + (own two) eyes.
    * a orillas del océano = oceanfront.
    * a orillas del río = riverfront.
    * a orillas de un lago = lakeside, lakefront, by the lakeside.
    * a otro sitio = somewhere else.
    * a pares = in pairs.
    * a partes iguales = share and share alike, in equal measure(s).
    * a partir de = on the basis of, based on, working from, from, on a diet of, in response to.
    * a partir de ahora = from now on, from this point on, henceforth, as of now.
    * a partir de ahora y durante + Cuantificador + años = for + Cuantificador + years to come.
    * a partir de aquí = hereupon.
    * a partir de ello = therefrom.
    * a partir de entonces = from this time on, hereafter, thereafter, whereafter, from then on, thenceforth, henceforth, from that moment on.
    * a partir de ese momento = from that moment on.
    * a partir de este momento = hereinafter.
    * a partir de esto = on this basis, on that basis.
    * a partir de + Fecha = from + Fecha, effective + Fecha.
    * a partir de hoy = as from today.
    * a partir de la medianoche = late night.
    * a partir de los títulos = title-based.
    * a paso de tortuga = at a snail's pace.
    * a paso ligero = on the double.
    * a pasos agigantados = at an exponential rate, at exponential rates, by leaps and bounds.
    * a pedir de boca = without a hitch.
    * a pequeña escala = in a small way, small scale [small-scale].
    * a perpetuidad = in perpetuity.
    * a pesar de (que) = albeit (that), despite, in spite of, notwithstanding, although, despite the fact that, in spite of the fact that.
    * a pesar de todo = all the same, in spite of everything, despite everything, despite it all, in spite of it all, all this said.
    * a pesar de todo + Posesivo + Nombre = for all + Posesivo + Nombre.
    * a petición de = at the request of, at the urging of, at the behest of.
    * a petición del usuario = on demand, on request.
    * a petición popular = by popular demand.
    * a pie = on foot, afoot, dismounted.
    * a pilas = battery-operated.
    * a pique = sinking.
    * a placer = at will.
    * a plena luz del día = in broad daylight.
    * a poca distancia = not far behind.
    * a poca distancia andando = within walking distance, within an easy walk.
    * a poca distancia a pie = within an easy walk, within walking distance.
    * a pocos minutos andando = within walking distance, within easy walking distance, within an easy walk.
    * a pocos minutos a pie = within walking distance, within easy walking distance, within an easy walk.
    * a porrillo = by the handful.
    * a + Posesivo + aire = to + Posesivo + heart's content.
    * a + Posesivo + alcance = in the ballpark for + Pronombre, in + Posesivo + ballpark range.
    * a + Posesivo + costa = at + Posesivo + expense.
    * a + Posesivo + cuidado = in + Posesivo + safekeeping.
    * a + Posesivo + discreción = at will, at + Posesivo + discretion.
    * a + Posesivo + disposición = at + Posesivo + disposal.
    * a + Posesivo + entender = to the best of + Posesivo + belief.
    * a + Posesivo + espaldas = behind + Posesivo + back.
    * a + Posesivo + expensas = at + Posesivo + expense.
    * a + Posesivo + favor = in + Posesivo + favour, to + Posesivo + credit.
    * a + Posesivo + juicio = in + Posesivo + estimation.
    * a + Posesivo + manera = in + Posesivo + own way.
    * a + Posesivo + saber = to the best of + Posesivo + knowledge.
    * a + Posesivo + saber y entender = to the best of + Posesivo + knowledge and belief.
    * a + Posesivo + servicio = at + Posesivo + service.
    * a + Posesivo + sorprender = much to + Posesivo + surprise.
    * a + Posesivo + vista = before + Posesivo + (own two) eyes.
    * a posteriori = reactive, in retrospect, after-the-fact, hindsight, with hindsight, a posteriori, in hindsight.
    * a precio de coste = at cost price, at cost.
    * a precio de costo = at cost price, at cost.
    * a precio de ganga = at a steal.
    * a precio especial = at reduced cost, discounted, cut-rate, cut-price.
    * a precio razonable = at reasonable cost(s).
    * a precio reducido = at a discount.
    * a precios competitivos = competitively priced.
    * a precios especiales = at reduced rates, at preferential rates.
    * a precios razonables = at affordable prices.
    * a presión = pressurised [pressurized, -USA].
    * a primera hora de la mañana = first thing in the morning.
    * a primera hora de + Período del Día = first thing + Período del Día.
    * a primeras horas de la tarde = late afternoon.
    * a primera vista = on first acquaintance, at first sight, on first inspection, on the face of it, at first blush, at first glance, on the surface, prima facie, first-blush.
    * a primeros de + Fecha = in the early + Fecha.
    * a principios de + Fecha = in the early + Fecha.
    * a principios de los + Década = early + Década, the.
    * a priori = proactive [pro-active], foresight, a priori, on the surface.
    * a prisa = quickly.
    * a propósito = deliberate, for the record, incidentally, intentionally, by the way, in passing, anecdotally, purposely, by design, on purpose, wilfully [willfully, -USA], on a sidenote, studiously, by the way of (a) digression, by the by(e), speaking of which, designedly.
    * a propósito de = apropos of.
    * a propósito de nada = for no specific reason, for no particular reason.
    * a prueba = on trial.
    * a prueba de bombas = ruggedised [ruggedized, -USA], bomb-proof.
    * a prueba de conejos = rabbit-proof.
    * a prueba de fallos = fail-safe.
    * a prueba de incendios = fireproof [fire-proof].
    * a prueba de niños = childproof.
    * a prueba de robos = theft proof.
    * a prueba de tornados = tornado proof.
    * a prueba de un tratamiento duro = ruggedised [ruggedized, -USA].
    * a prueba de viento = windproof.
    * a puerta cerrada = behind closed doors.
    * a punta de pistola = at gunpoint.
    * a punto de = on the verge of, a heartbeat away from.
    * a punto de + Infinitivo = about to + Infinitivo.
    * a punto de irse a pique = on the rocks.
    * a punto de morir = on + Posesivo + deathbed.
    * a puñados = by the sackful, by the handful.
    * a quemarropa = point blank.
    * a quien madruga, Dios le ayuda = the early bird catches the worm.
    * a quienquiera que = whomever.
    * a rachas = by fits and starts.
    * a ráfagas = in bursts.
    * a raíz de = in the wake of.
    * a rajatabla = to the letter.
    * a ras de = flush with.
    * a ras de la calle = ground-floor.
    * a ras del suelo = at ground level.
    * a rastras = in tow.
    * a ratos = intermittently.
    * a reacción = jet-assisted.
    * a rebosar (de) = jam-packed (with), filled to capacity.
    * a regañadientes = grudgingly, grudging, begrudgingly, unwillingly, reluctantly.
    * a régimen = on a diet.
    * a remolque = in tow.
    * a reventar (de) = jam-packed (with), filled to capacity.
    * a saber = namely, viz, to wit.
    * a sabiendas = knowing, knowingly, wilfully [willfully, -USA].
    * a sabiendas de que = on the understanding that.
    * a sacudidas = jerkily.
    * a saltitos = jerky [jerkier -comp., jerkiest -sup.].
    * a salvo = in a safe place, in safekeeping, out of harm's way.
    * a sangre fría = cold-blooded.
    * a ser posible = if possible.
    * a simple vista = by the naked eye, superficially, on first thought.
    * a solas = all by + Reflexivo, by + Reflexivo.
    * a su debido tiempo = in due course, timely, in due time.
    * a sueldo = paid.
    * a su precio normal = at full price.
    * a su propio ritmo = at an individual pace.
    * a su tiempo = in a timely fashion, in due course, in a timely manner.
    * a su vez = Verbo + further, in turn, in its/their turn.
    * a tal efecto = to this effect.
    * a tales efectos = hereto.
    * a tarifa reducida = at reduced cost.
    * a tarifas especiales = at reduced rates, at preferential rates.
    * a temperatura ambiente = at room temperature.
    * a tener en cuenta en el futuro = for future reference.
    * a tenor de = in light of, in the face of, in the light of, in view of.
    * a ti = you, thee.
    * a tiempo = in timely fashion, on time, promptly, timely, just in time, in time.
    * a tiempo completo = full-time.
    * a tiempo parcial = part-time.
    * a tientas = in the dark.
    * a tientas y a ciegas = blindly, in the dark.
    * a ti mismo = yourself, thyself.
    * a tiro = within gunshot, within range.
    * a tirones = jerky [jerkier -comp., jerkiest -sup.].
    * a título de = by way of, for the sake of.
    * a título gratuito = gratuitous.
    * a título personal = in a personal capacity, in a private capacity.
    * a toda costa = absolutely, at all costs, come what may, at any cost, at any price.
    * a toda máquina = in the fast lane, fast lane, full steam ahead, at full tilt, full-tilt, full-throttle, at full throttle, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed.
    * a toda marcha = at full throttle, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed, at full stretch.
    * a toda mecha = at a rate of knots, full steam ahead, at full blast, at full throttle, at top speed, at full speed, at full stretch.
    * a toda pasta = at a rate of knots.
    * a toda pastilla = in the fast lane, on the fast track, fast lane, overdrive, full steam ahead, full-tilt, at full tilt, full-throttle, at full throttle, at a rate of knots, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed.
    * a toda prueba = unswerving.
    * a todas horas = at all hours, around the clock.
    * a todas luces = patently.
    * a todas partes = far and wide.
    * a toda velocidad = full-tilt, at full tilt, full-throttle, at full throttle, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed.
    * a todo alrededor = all round.
    * a todo color = full-colour, in full colour.
    * a todo gas = full steam ahead, full-tilt, at full tilt, full-throttle, at full throttle, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed, at full stretch.
    * a todo lo largo de = the length of.
    * a todo meter = full steam ahead, at full stretch, at full speed, at full blast, at top speed, at full throttle.
    * a todo ritmo = in full swing, in full force, in full gear.
    * a todos lados = far and wide.
    * a todos los efectos = to all intents and purposes, to all intents, for all practical purposes, for all intents and purposes.
    * a todos los niveles = at all levels.
    * a todos nosotros = us all.
    * a todos por igual = one size fits all.
    * a todo vapor = full steam ahead, full-tilt, at full tilt, full-throttle, at full throttle, at top speed, at full blast, at full speed, at full stretch.
    * a todo volumen = at full blast.
    * a tontas y a ciegas = headlong, runaway.
    * a tontas y locas = like there's no tomorrow, without rhyme or reason.
    * a tope = packed to capacity, in the fast lane, fast lane, choc-a-block, chock-full, in full swing, in full gear, packed to the rafters.
    * a trancas y barrancas = with great difficulty, by fits and starts.
    * a través de = by way of, in the form of, through, via, out of, through the agency of.
    * a través de Internet = Internet-based, Web-based, Web-supported.
    * a través de la historia = over time.
    * a través de la TI = IT-enabled.
    * a través de la web = Web-based, Web-supported.
    * a través de los años = over the years, down the years.
    * a través de los ojos de = through the eyes of.
    * a través de los siglos = over the centuries.
    * a través del teléfono = call-in.
    * a través del tiempo = over time.
    * a través de operador = operator-assisted.
    * a tres bandas = three pronged.
    * a tres niveles = three-tiered.
    * a troche y moche = like there's no tomorrow.
    * a trompicones = by fits and starts.
    * a tropezones = falteringly, hesitantly, haltingly, jerkily.
    * a trozos = piecewise.
    * ¡A tu salud! = Here's to you!.
    * a última hora = at the last minute, at the eleventh hour, last minute [last-minute], at the very last minute, at the very last moment, at the very last.
    * a últimas horas de la tarde = late evening.
    * a últ

    * * *
    a
    La preposición a suele emplearse precedida de ciertos verbos como empezar, ir, oler, sonar etc, en cuyo caso ver bajo el respectivo verbo.
    No se traduce cuando introduce el complemento directo de persona (ser humano, pronombres personales que lo representan como quien, alguien, etc) o un nombre con un objeto o animal personalizado: amo a mi patria = I love my country, pasear al perro = to walk the dog.
    En los casos en que precede al artículo definido el para formar la contracción al, ver bajo la siguiente entrada, donde también se encontrarán otros ejemplos y usos de a.
    A (en relaciones de espacio, lugar)
    voy a México/a la fiesta I'm going to Mexico/to the party
    voy a casa I'm going home
    dobla a la derecha turn right
    se cayó al río she fell into the river
    estaban sentados a la mesa they were sitting at the table
    a orillas del Ebro on the banks of the Ebro
    se sentó al sol he sat in the sun
    se sentó a mi derecha he sat down to the right of me o on my right
    a la vuelta de la esquina around the corner
    queda al norte de Toledo it's (to the) north of Toledo
    3
    (indicando distancia): está a diez kilómetros de aquí it's ten kilometers from here, it's ten kilometers away
    está a unos 20 minutos de aquí it takes o it's about 20 minutes from here, it's a 20 minute drive ( o walk etc) from here
    1 (señalando hora, momento, fecha) at
    abren a las ocho they open at eight o'clock
    ¿a qué hora vengo? what time shall I come?
    a eso de las dos at around o about two o'clock
    a mediados de abril in mid-April
    hoy estamos a 20 it's the 20th today
    al día siguiente the next o following day
    empezó a hablar a los diez meses he started talking when he was ten months old o at ten months
    llegó a la mañana/noche ( RPl); he arrived in the morning/at night
    2 al + INF:
    se cayó al bajar del autobús she fell as she was getting off the bus
    al verlo me di cuenta de que ya no lo quería when I saw him o on seeing him, I realized that I no longer loved him
    al salir de la estación torcí a la izquierda I turned left out of the station
    3
    (indicando distancia en el tiempo): a escasos minutos de su llegada (después) just a few minutes after she arrived; (antes) just a few minutes before she arrived
    trabajan de lunes a viernes/de una a cinco they work (from) Monday to Friday/from one to five
    a los diez minutos del primer tiempo ten minutes into the first half o after ten minutes of the first half
    estaré en París de martes a jueves I'll be in Paris from Tuesday until Thursday, I'll be in Paris Tuesday through Thursday ( AmE)
    C
    (en relaciones de proporción, equivalencia): tres veces al día/a la semana three times a day/a week
    sale a 2.000 euros por cabeza it works out at 2,000 euros per person
    iban a 100 kilómetros por hora they were going (at) 100 kilometers per hour
    nos ganaron cinco a tres they beat us by five points to three, they beat us five three o ( AmE) five to three
    D
    (indicando modo, estilo): fuimos a pie/a caballo we walked/rode, we went on foot/on horseback
    pollo al horno/a la brasa roast/barbecued chicken
    un peinado a lo Rodolfo Valentino a Rudolph Valentino hairstyle
    a crédito on credit
    ilustraciones a todo color full-color illustrations
    una tela a rayas a piece of striped material
    1
    (introduciendo el complemento directo de persona): ¿viste a José? did you see José?
    la policía está buscando al asesino the police are looking for the murderer
    no he leído a Freud I haven't read (any) Freud
    busca una secretaria bilingüe he's looking for a bilingual secretary
    ]
    2
    (introduciendo el complemento indirecto): le escribió una carta a su padre he wrote a letter to his father, he wrote his father a letter
    dáselo/dáselos a ella give it/them to her
    les enseña inglés a mis hijos she teaches my children English
    suave al tacto soft to the touch
    agradable al oído pleasing to the ear
    3
    (indicando procedencia): se lo compré a una gitana I bought it from o ( colloq) off a gipsy
    F
    enséñale a nadar teach him to swim
    fue a preguntar he went to ask
    a que + SUBJ:
    los instó a que participaran he urged them to take part
    voy a ir a que me hagan un chequeo I'm going to go and have a checkup
    2 ( fam)
    (para): ¿a qué tanta ceremonia? what's all the fuss for?
    ¿a qué le fuiste a decir eso? what did you go and tell him that for?
    3
    a por ( Esp fam): bajo a por pan I'm going down to get some bread o for some bread ( colloq)
    ¿quién va a ir a por los niños? who's going to fetch o get the children?
    ¡a por ello! go for it!
    los puntos a tratar en la reunión de mañana the points to be discussed at tomorrow's meeting
    es una idea a tener en cuenta it's an idea to bear in mind o that should be borne in mind
    total a pagar total payable
    horario a convenir hours to be arranged
    H
    1
    (en órdenes): ¡a la cama, niños! off to bed, children!
    ¡a callar! shut up! ( colloq)
    vamos ¡a trabajar! come on, let's get some work done!
    a decir verdad to tell you the truth
    a juzgar por lo que tú dices judging from what you say
    3 ( fam)
    (en cuanto a): a tozudo no hay quien le gane when it comes to being stubborn there's nobody like him
    4
    (indicando causa): a petición del interesado ( frml); at the request of the interested party
    al + INF:
    al no saber idiomas está en desventaja as he doesn't speak any languages he is at a disadvantage, he's at a disadvantage not speaking any languages
    5
    (expresando desafío): ¿a que no sabes qué nota me puso? you'll never guess what mark she gave me!
    tú no te atreverías — ¿a que sí? you wouldn't dare — do you want to o a bet? ( colloq)
    ¡a que no puedes! bet you can't! ( colloq)
    * * *

    Multiple Entries:
    A    
    a
    A,
    a sustantivo femenino (pl aes) (read as /a/) the letter A, a

    a preposición Nota:
    La preposición a suele emplearse precedida de ciertos verbos como empezar, ir, oler, sonar etc, en cuyo caso ver bajo el respectivo verbo.No se traduce cuando introduce el complemento directo de persona (ser humano, pronombres personales que lo representan, como quien, alguien, algún etc) o un nombre con un objeto o animal personalizado: amo a mi patria = I love my country, paseo a mi perro = I walk my dog.En los casos en que precede al artículo definido el para formar la contracción al, ver bajo la siguiente entrada, donde también se encontrarán otros ejemplos y usos de a.
    1

    voy a México/la tienda I'm going to Mexico/to the shop;

    voy a casa I'm going home;
    se cayó al río she fell into the river


    a orillas del Ebro on the banks of the Ebro;
    se sentó al sol he sat in the sun;
    se sentó a mi derecha he sat down on my right


    2
    a) (señalando hora, momento) at;


    a la hora de comer at lunch time;
    ¿a qué hora vengo? what time shall I come?;
    a mediados de abril in mid-April;
    al día siguiente the next o following day

    hoy estamos a lunes/a 20 today is Monday/it's the 20th today

    c) al + inf:


    al enterarse de la noticia when he learnt o on learning the news



    ( antes) a few minutes before she arrived;

    3 (en relaciones de proporción, equivalencia):

    sale a 100 euros cada uno it works out at 100 euros each;
    a 100 kilómetros por hora (at) 100 kilometers per hour;
    nos ganaron cinco a tres they beat us five three o (AmE) five to three
    4 (indicando modo, medio, estilo):
    a pie/a caballo on foot/on horseback;

    a crédito on credit;
    funciona a pilas it runs on batteries;
    a mano by hand;
    a rayas striped;
    vestirse a lo punk to wear punk clothes
    5

    ¿viste a José? did you see José?;

    no he leído a Freud I haven't read (any) Freud


    dáselo a ella give it to her;
    les enseña inglés a mis hijos she teaches my children English;
    le echó (la) llave a la puerta she locked the door

    se lo compré a una gitana I bought it from o (colloq) off a gipsy

    A, a f (letra) A
    'A' also found in these entries:
    Spanish:
    a. C.
    - a.m.
    - abajeña
    - abajeño
    - abanderada
    - abanderado
    - abandonar
    - abandonada
    - abandonado
    - abanico
    - abarquillada
    - abarquillado
    - abarrotada
    - abarrotado
    - abasto
    - abatida
    - abatido
    - abatirse
    - abdicar
    - aberración
    - abertura
    - abierta
    - abierto
    - abigarrada
    - abigarrado
    - abigarrar
    - ablandar
    - ablusada
    - ablusado
    - abnegada
    - abnegado
    - abobada
    - abobado
    - abocada
    - abocado
    - abogacía
    - abogada
    - abogado
    - abombada
    - abombado
    - abonar
    - abonada
    - abonado
    - abonarse
    - abono
    - abordar
    - abordaje
    - aborregar
    - abortar
    - abortiva
    English:
    A
    - A-level
    - a.m.
    - abandon
    - abandoned
    - abide by
    - ability
    - abject
    - abnormal
    - aboard
    - aborigine
    - abortion
    - abortive
    - about
    - above
    - above-board
    - above-mentioned
    - abrasive
    - abreast
    - abridged
    - abrupt
    - absent
    - absent-minded
    - absolute
    - absolutely
    - absorbed
    - abstemious
    - abstract
    - absurd
    - abundant
    - abuse
    - abusive
    - abysmal
    - academic
    - academy
    - accede
    - accent
    - acceptable
    - access
    - accident-prone
    - accidental
    - accidentally
    - acclimatized
    - accommodate
    - accommodation
    - accomplish
    - accomplished
    - account
    - account for
    - accountable
    * * *
    A
    1. (abrev de autopista) Br M, US freeway
    2. (abrev de alfil) [en notación de ajedrez] B
    A, a [a] nf
    [letra] A, a;
    si por a o por be… if for any reason…
    * * *
    a
    prp
    al este de to the east of;
    a casa home;
    ir a la cama/al cine go to bed/to the movies;
    ¡a trabajar! get to work!;
    vamos a Buenos Aires we’re going to Buenos Aires;
    voy a casa de Marta I’m going to Marta’s (house)
    a la mesa at the table;
    al lado de next to;
    a la derecha on the right;
    al sol in the sun;
    a treinta kilómetros de Cuzco thirty kilometers from Cuzco;
    está a cinco kilómetros it’s five kilometers away
    :
    ¿a qué hora llegas? what time do you arrive?;
    a las tres at three o’clock;
    de once a doce from eleven (o’clock) to twelve;
    estamos a quince de febrero it’s February fifteenth;
    a los treinta años at the age of thirty;
    a la llegada del tren when the train arrives
    :
    a la española the Spanish way;
    a mano by hand;
    a pie on foot;
    a 50 kilómetros por hora at fifty kilometers an hour
    :
    ¿a cómo o
    cuánto está? how much is it?;
    están a dos pesos el kilo they are two pesos a kilo
    :
    dáselo a tu hermano give it to your brother
    :
    vi a mi padre I saw my father
    :
    empezar a begin to;
    jugar a las cartas play cards;
    decidirse a hacer algo decide to do sth;
    voy a comprarlo I’m going to buy it;
    a decir verdad to tell the truth
    :
    ¿a que no lo sabes? I bet you don’t know;
    a ver OK, right;
    a ver lo que pasa ahora let’s see what happens now
    abr (= alias) aka (= also known as)
    * * *
    a nf
    : first letter of the Spanish alphabet
    a prep
    1) : to
    nos vamos a México: we're going to Mexico
    ¿llamaste a tu papá?: did you call your dad?
    como a usted le guste: as you wish
    3) : in the manner of
    papas a la francesa: french fries
    4) : on, by means of
    a pie: on foot
    5) : per, each
    tres pastillas al día: three pills per day
    enséñales a leer: teach them to read
    problemas a resolver: problems to be solved
    * * *
    a prep
    3. (distancia) away
    está a un kilómetro de aquí it's one kilometre from here / it's one kilometre away
    4. (tiempo) at
    5. (distribución, cantidad, medida, precio) a / at
    tocamos a 1.000 cada uno it works out at 1,000 each
    fui a pie I walked / I went on foot
    hecho a mano handmade / made by hand
    ¿has visto a Iván? have you seen Iván?
    9. (para) for
    10. (de) from

    Spanish-English dictionary > a

  • 10 a + Posesivo + espaldas

    = behind + Posesivo + back
    Ex. Nick then started to snigger evilly behind her back.
    * * *
    = behind + Posesivo + back

    Ex: Nick then started to snigger evilly behind her back.

    Spanish-English dictionary > a + Posesivo + espaldas

  • 11 a comienzos de + Fecha

    = in the early + Fecha, in the early part of + Fecha
    Ex. Online information retrieval services, which permit users to search data bases held on a computer many miles distant from the user and his terminal, started to develop in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
    Ex. In the early part of the 20th century donations were received from William K. Bixby which led to the foundation of the rare book collection.
    * * *
    = in the early + Fecha, in the early part of + Fecha

    Ex: Online information retrieval services, which permit users to search data bases held on a computer many miles distant from the user and his terminal, started to develop in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

    Ex: In the early part of the 20th century donations were received from William K. Bixby which led to the foundation of the rare book collection.

    Spanish-English dictionary > a comienzos de + Fecha

  • 12 a finales de + Fecha

    = in the late + Fecha, in late + Fecha
    Ex. Online information retrieval services, which permit users to search data bases held on a computer many miles distant from the user and his terminal, started to develop in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
    Ex. Automated cataloging support systems, with any pretense to sophistication, did not begin to appear until the inception of the LC/MARC II (Library of Congress/Machine-Readable Cataloging) project in late 1967.
    * * *
    = in the late + Fecha, in late + Fecha

    Ex: Online information retrieval services, which permit users to search data bases held on a computer many miles distant from the user and his terminal, started to develop in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

    Ex: Automated cataloging support systems, with any pretense to sophistication, did not begin to appear until the inception of the LC/MARC II (Library of Congress/Machine-Readable Cataloging) project in late 1967.

    Spanish-English dictionary > a finales de + Fecha

  • 13 a medida que pasaba el tiempo

    = as time passed (by), as time went by
    Ex. As time passed by, she realised that most South Africans preferred orange squash to the bitter tangy taste of lemon squash.
    Ex. As time went by, the colors started to fade and the paint began to flake from the heat and light of the sun.
    * * *
    = as time passed (by), as time went by

    Ex: As time passed by, she realised that most South Africans preferred orange squash to the bitter tangy taste of lemon squash.

    Ex: As time went by, the colors started to fade and the paint began to flake from the heat and light of the sun.

    Spanish-English dictionary > a medida que pasaba el tiempo

  • 14 a pequeña escala

    (adj.) = in a small way, small scale [small-scale]
    Ex. The serialization of new fiction in half-crown monthly magazines such as Blackwood's started in a small way in the 1820s, and grew in importance during the following decade.
    Ex. While similar systems have been developed on an experimental basis in the past, these have usually been restricted to small scale collections.
    * * *
    (adj.) = in a small way, small scale [small-scale]

    Ex: The serialization of new fiction in half-crown monthly magazines such as Blackwood's started in a small way in the 1820s, and grew in importance during the following decade.

    Ex: While similar systems have been developed on an experimental basis in the past, these have usually been restricted to small scale collections.

    Spanish-English dictionary > a pequeña escala

  • 15 a primeros de + Fecha

    = in the early + Fecha
    Ex. Online information retrieval services, which permit users to search data bases held on a computer many miles distant from the user and his terminal, started to develop in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
    * * *
    = in the early + Fecha

    Ex: Online information retrieval services, which permit users to search data bases held on a computer many miles distant from the user and his terminal, started to develop in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

    Spanish-English dictionary > a primeros de + Fecha

  • 16 a principios de + Fecha

    = in the early + Fecha
    Ex. Online information retrieval services, which permit users to search data bases held on a computer many miles distant from the user and his terminal, started to develop in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
    * * *
    = in the early + Fecha

    Ex: Online information retrieval services, which permit users to search data bases held on a computer many miles distant from the user and his terminal, started to develop in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

    Spanish-English dictionary > a principios de + Fecha

  • 17 abandonar

    v.
    1 to leave (place).
    María abandonó la habitación rápidamente Mary abandoned the room quickly.
    2 to leave (person).
    3 to give up (estudios).
    abandonó la carrera en el tercer año she dropped out of university in her third year, she gave up her studies in her third year
    4 to abandon, to desert, to forsake, to bail out on.
    Pedro abandonó a su familia Peter abandoned his family.
    Silvia abandonó sus sueños por Pedro Silvia abandoned her dreams for Peter.
    5 to quit, to cease trying, to desist, to give up.
    María abandonó Mary quit.
    6 to check out on.
    * * *
    1 (desamparar) to abandon, forsake
    2 (lugar) to leave, quit
    3 (actividad) to give up, withdraw from
    4 (traicionar) to desert
    5 (renunciar) to relinquish, renounce
    6 (descuidar) to neglect
    7 DEPORTE (retirarse) to withdraw from
    1 (descuidarse) to neglect oneself, let oneself go
    2 (entregarse) to give oneself up (a, to)
    3 (ceder) to give in
    * * *
    verb
    * * *
    1. VT
    1) (=dejar abandonado) [+ cónyuge, hijo] to abandon, desert; [+ animal, casa, posesiones] to abandon; [+ obligaciones] to neglect

    la abandonó por otra mujerhe abandoned o deserted her for another woman

    2) (=marcharse de) [+ lugar, organización] to leave
    3) (=renunciar a) [+ estudios, proyecto] to give up, abandon; [+ costumbre, cargo] to give up; [+ privilegio, título] to renounce, relinquish

    hemos abandonado la idea de montar un negociowe have given up o abandoned the idea of starting a business

    si el tratamiento no da resultado lo abandonaremos — if the treatment doesn't work, we'll abandon it

    4) [buen humor, suerte] to desert
    2. VI
    1) (Atletismo) [antes de la prueba] to pull out, withdraw; [durante la prueba] to pull out, retire
    2) (Boxeo) to concede defeat, throw in the towel * o (EEUU) sponge
    3) (Ajedrez) to resign, concede
    4) (Inform) to quit
    3.
    See:
    * * *
    1.
    verbo transitivo
    1)
    a) (frml) < lugar> to leave
    b) <familia/bebé> to leave, abandon; <marido/amante> to leave; <coche/barco> to abandon
    2) fuerzas to desert
    3)
    a) <actividad/propósito/esperanza> to give up

    abandonó la lucha — he gave up the fight, he abandoned the struggle

    abandonar los estudios — to drop out of school/college

    b) (Dep) <carrera/partido> to retire, pull out
    2.
    abandonar vi (Dep)
    a) (antes de la carrera, competición) to withdraw, pull out
    b) (iniciada la carrera, competición) to retire, pull out; ( en ajedrez) to resign; (en boxeo, lucha) to concede defeat
    3.
    abandonarse v pron

    abandonarse a algoa vicios/placeres to abandon oneself to something

    2) ( en el aspecto personal) to let oneself go
    * * *
    = abandon, abort, drop, eschew, give up, quit, relinquish, stop, leave + wandering in, forsake, sweep aside, desert, opt out of, scrap, pull back, ditch, surrender, bail out, bargain away, dump, maroon, flake out, leave by + the wayside, get away, desist, go + cold turkey, walk out on, walk out, jump + ship.
    Ex. The Library of Congress has now reconsidered the position, and abandoned what was known as its compatible headings policy.
    Ex. It is important to know what police or fire responses are triggered by alarms and how that reaction can be aborted and the alarm silenced.
    Ex. Unfruitful lines of enquiry are dropped and new and more promising search terms are introduced as the search progresses.
    Ex. However, most contributors to the debate about the future of SLIS have eschewed practicalities in favour of sweeping and dramatic generalizations.
    Ex. If support for quality cataloging is not going to be given, I think we should give it up entirely.
    Ex. If you decide not to send or save the message, replace the question mark in front of ' Quit' with another character.
    Ex. The Library will consider relinquishing them only when there is strong assurance that their transfer would not adversely affect the library community.
    Ex. Program function key 1 (FP1) tells DOBIS/LIBIS to stop whatever it is doing and go back to the function selection screen.
    Ex. It is our professional duty to help the reader, leading him from author to author, book to book, with enough sure-footed confidence that he is guided up the literary mountain and not left wandering in the viewless foothills because of one's own incompetence.
    Ex. Indeed, she was delighted to forsake the urban reality of steel and glass, traffic and crime, aspirin and litter, for the sort of over-the-fence friendliness of the smaller city.
    Ex. The development of optical fibres for information transmission has exciting potential here, but there is a very large investment in the present systems which cannot be swept aside overnight.
    Ex. Recently, however, libraries have deserted the individual and have pandered too much to the needs of the general public.
    Ex. The author takes a critical look at the UK government's education policy with regard to schools' ' opting out' of local government control.
    Ex. There have even been rumours of plans to scrap most of the industrial side of its work and disperse key elements, such as the work on regional and industrial aid, to the provinces.
    Ex. To pull back now would make both her and him look bad.
    Ex. It is time that higher education institutions accepted the wisdom of collaboration and ditched, once and for all, the rhetoric of competition = Ya es hora de que las instituciones de enseñanza superior acepten la colaboración y rechacen, de una vez por todas, la competitividad.
    Ex. Instead the two ecclesiastical disputes which arose from Diocletian's decree to surrender scriptures must be seen as more disastrous to Christian unity than the destruction of libraries.
    Ex. In the article ' Bailing out' 9 of the 10 librarians interviewed admitted that they were trying to get out of librarianship partly due to unrealistic expectations learned in library school.
    Ex. Reduced support is a fact of life, and librarians cannot bargain away their budget pressures.
    Ex. The books may simply be laid before the librarian as they are found, ' dumped in his lap', as one writer puts it.
    Ex. A seemingly simple tale of schoolboys marooned on an island, the novel 'Lord of the Flies' is an enigmatic and provocative piece of literature.
    Ex. The actress flaked out again and the director is trying to line up a replacement.
    Ex. She seeks to recontextualize those events that history has estranged, destroyed or capriciously left by the wayside.
    Ex. Guards in the lead car of the convoy threw their doors open and ran for cover, screaming, 'Get away, get away'.
    Ex. One of them sputtered and gesticulated with sufficient violence to induce us to desist.
    Ex. Judging by the critical responses to the article so far, it looks like the world isn't quite ready to go cold turkey on its religion addiction.
    Ex. There are many thankless jobs in this world, but does that mean you can just walk out on them for your own selfish reasons?.
    Ex. At least five members of the audience walked out during the bishop's address.
    Ex. A new study suggests that up to 40% of currently employed individuals are ready to jump ship once the economy rebounds.
    ----
    * abandonar el barco = abandon + ship.
    * abandonar las armas = put down + weapons.
    * abandonar los estudios = drop out (from school), drop out of + school.
    * abandonar los servicios de Alguien = drop out.
    * abandonarse = go to + seed.
    * abandonarse a = abandon + Reflexivo + to.
    * abandonar toda esperanza = give up + hope.
    * abandonar (toda/la) esperanza = abandon + (all) hope.
    * abandonar un hábito = stop + habit.
    * abandonar un lugar = quit + Lugar.
    * estudiante de bachiller que abandona los estudios = high-school dropout.
    * estudiante universitario que abandona los estudios = college dropout.
    * no abandonar = stick with, stand by.
    * persona que abandona Algo = quitter.
    * * *
    1.
    verbo transitivo
    1)
    a) (frml) < lugar> to leave
    b) <familia/bebé> to leave, abandon; <marido/amante> to leave; <coche/barco> to abandon
    2) fuerzas to desert
    3)
    a) <actividad/propósito/esperanza> to give up

    abandonó la lucha — he gave up the fight, he abandoned the struggle

    abandonar los estudios — to drop out of school/college

    b) (Dep) <carrera/partido> to retire, pull out
    2.
    abandonar vi (Dep)
    a) (antes de la carrera, competición) to withdraw, pull out
    b) (iniciada la carrera, competición) to retire, pull out; ( en ajedrez) to resign; (en boxeo, lucha) to concede defeat
    3.
    abandonarse v pron

    abandonarse a algoa vicios/placeres to abandon oneself to something

    2) ( en el aspecto personal) to let oneself go
    * * *
    = abandon, abort, drop, eschew, give up, quit, relinquish, stop, leave + wandering in, forsake, sweep aside, desert, opt out of, scrap, pull back, ditch, surrender, bail out, bargain away, dump, maroon, flake out, leave by + the wayside, get away, desist, go + cold turkey, walk out on, walk out, jump + ship.

    Ex: The Library of Congress has now reconsidered the position, and abandoned what was known as its compatible headings policy.

    Ex: It is important to know what police or fire responses are triggered by alarms and how that reaction can be aborted and the alarm silenced.
    Ex: Unfruitful lines of enquiry are dropped and new and more promising search terms are introduced as the search progresses.
    Ex: However, most contributors to the debate about the future of SLIS have eschewed practicalities in favour of sweeping and dramatic generalizations.
    Ex: If support for quality cataloging is not going to be given, I think we should give it up entirely.
    Ex: If you decide not to send or save the message, replace the question mark in front of ' Quit' with another character.
    Ex: The Library will consider relinquishing them only when there is strong assurance that their transfer would not adversely affect the library community.
    Ex: Program function key 1 (FP1) tells DOBIS/LIBIS to stop whatever it is doing and go back to the function selection screen.
    Ex: It is our professional duty to help the reader, leading him from author to author, book to book, with enough sure-footed confidence that he is guided up the literary mountain and not left wandering in the viewless foothills because of one's own incompetence.
    Ex: Indeed, she was delighted to forsake the urban reality of steel and glass, traffic and crime, aspirin and litter, for the sort of over-the-fence friendliness of the smaller city.
    Ex: The development of optical fibres for information transmission has exciting potential here, but there is a very large investment in the present systems which cannot be swept aside overnight.
    Ex: Recently, however, libraries have deserted the individual and have pandered too much to the needs of the general public.
    Ex: The author takes a critical look at the UK government's education policy with regard to schools' ' opting out' of local government control.
    Ex: There have even been rumours of plans to scrap most of the industrial side of its work and disperse key elements, such as the work on regional and industrial aid, to the provinces.
    Ex: To pull back now would make both her and him look bad.
    Ex: It is time that higher education institutions accepted the wisdom of collaboration and ditched, once and for all, the rhetoric of competition = Ya es hora de que las instituciones de enseñanza superior acepten la colaboración y rechacen, de una vez por todas, la competitividad.
    Ex: Instead the two ecclesiastical disputes which arose from Diocletian's decree to surrender scriptures must be seen as more disastrous to Christian unity than the destruction of libraries.
    Ex: In the article ' Bailing out' 9 of the 10 librarians interviewed admitted that they were trying to get out of librarianship partly due to unrealistic expectations learned in library school.
    Ex: Reduced support is a fact of life, and librarians cannot bargain away their budget pressures.
    Ex: The books may simply be laid before the librarian as they are found, ' dumped in his lap', as one writer puts it.
    Ex: A seemingly simple tale of schoolboys marooned on an island, the novel 'Lord of the Flies' is an enigmatic and provocative piece of literature.
    Ex: The actress flaked out again and the director is trying to line up a replacement.
    Ex: She seeks to recontextualize those events that history has estranged, destroyed or capriciously left by the wayside.
    Ex: Guards in the lead car of the convoy threw their doors open and ran for cover, screaming, 'Get away, get away'.
    Ex: One of them sputtered and gesticulated with sufficient violence to induce us to desist.
    Ex: Judging by the critical responses to the article so far, it looks like the world isn't quite ready to go cold turkey on its religion addiction.
    Ex: There are many thankless jobs in this world, but does that mean you can just walk out on them for your own selfish reasons?.
    Ex: At least five members of the audience walked out during the bishop's address.
    Ex: A new study suggests that up to 40% of currently employed individuals are ready to jump ship once the economy rebounds.
    * abandonar el barco = abandon + ship.
    * abandonar las armas = put down + weapons.
    * abandonar los estudios = drop out (from school), drop out of + school.
    * abandonar los servicios de Alguien = drop out.
    * abandonarse = go to + seed.
    * abandonarse a = abandon + Reflexivo + to.
    * abandonar toda esperanza = give up + hope.
    * abandonar (toda/la) esperanza = abandon + (all) hope.
    * abandonar un hábito = stop + habit.
    * abandonar un lugar = quit + Lugar.
    * estudiante de bachiller que abandona los estudios = high-school dropout.
    * estudiante universitario que abandona los estudios = college dropout.
    * no abandonar = stick with, stand by.
    * persona que abandona Algo = quitter.

    * * *
    abandonar [A1 ]
    vt
    A
    1 ( frml); ‹lugar› to leave
    el público abandonó el teatro the audience left the theater
    se le concedió un plazo de 48 horas para abandonar el país he was given 48 hours to leave the country
    miles de personas abandonan la capital durante el verano thousands of people leave the capital in the summer
    las tropas han comenzado a abandonar el área the troops have started to pull out of o leave the area
    abandonó la reunión en señal de protesta he walked out of the meeting in protest
    2 ‹persona›
    abandonó a su familia he abandoned o deserted his family
    lo abandonó por otro she left him for another man
    abandonó al bebé en la puerta del hospital she abandoned o left the baby at the entrance to the hospital
    abandonar a algn A algo to abandon sb TO sth
    decidió volver, abandonando al grupo a su suerte he decided to turn back, abandoning the group to its fate
    3 ‹coche/barco› to abandon
    B «fuerzas» to desert
    las fuerzas lo abandonaron y cayó al suelo his strength deserted him and he fell to the floor
    la suerte me ha abandonado my luck has run out o deserted me
    nunca lo abandona el buen humor he's always good-humored, his good humor never deserts him
    C ‹actividad/propósito› to give up
    abandonó los estudios she abandoned o gave up her studies
    ¿vas a abandonar el curso cuando te falta tan poco? you're not going to drop out of o give up the course at this late stage, are you?
    abandonó la lucha he gave up the fight, he abandoned the struggle
    ha abandonado toda pretensión de salir elegido he has given up o abandoned any hopes he had of being elected
    abandonó la terapia he gave up his therapy, he stopped having therapy
    ■ abandonar
    vi
    ( Dep)
    1 (antes de iniciarse la carrera, competición) to withdraw, pull out
    2 (una vez iniciada la carrera, competición) to retire, pull out; (en ajedrez) to resign; (en boxeo, lucha) to concede defeat, throw in the towel
    A
    (descuidarse): desde que tuvo hijos se ha abandonado since she had her children she's let herself go
    no te abandones y ve al médico don't neglect your health, go and see the doctor
    B (entregarse) abandonarse A algo ‹a vicios/placeres› to abandon oneself TO sth
    se abandonó al ocio she gave herself up to o abandoned herself to a life of leisure
    se abandonó al sueño he gave in to o succumbed to sleep, he let sleep overcome him, he surrendered to sleep
    * * *

     

    abandonar ( conjugate abandonar) verbo transitivo
    1
    a) (frml) ‹ lugar to leave

    b)familia/bebé to leave, abandon;

    marido/amante to leave;
    coche/barco to abandon;

    2 [ fuerzas] to desert
    3
    a)actividad/propósito/esperanza to give up;

    abandonar los estudios to drop out of school/college

    b) (Dep) ‹carrera/partido to retire from, pull out of

    verbo intransitivo (Dep)
    a) (en carrera, competición) to pull out


    (en boxeo, lucha) to concede defeat
    abandonarse verbo pronominal
    1 ( entregarse) abandonarse a algo ‹a vicios/placeres› to abandon oneself to sth
    2 ( en el aspecto personal) to let oneself go
    abandonar
    I verbo transitivo
    1 (irse de) to leave, quit: tenemos que vernos hoy, porque mañana abandono Madrid, we've got to see eachother today because I'm leaving Madrid tomorrow
    2 (a una persona, a un animal) to abandon
    abandonar a alguien a su suerte, to leave someone to his fate
    3 (un proyecto, los estudios) to give up
    4 Dep (retirarse de una carrera) to drop out of
    (un deporte) to drop
    II vi (desfallecer) to give up: los resultados no son los esperados, pero no abandones, the results aren't as good as we expected, but don't give up
    ' abandonar' also found in these entries:
    Spanish:
    dejar
    - botar
    - plantar
    English:
    abandon
    - back away
    - cast aside
    - caution
    - desert
    - drop
    - forsake
    - free
    - give up on
    - habit
    - idea
    - jettison
    - leave
    - quit
    - retire
    - scrap
    - stand by
    - throw in
    - walk out
    - ditch
    - give
    - maroon
    - stick
    - vacate
    - walk
    * * *
    vt
    1. [lugar] to leave;
    [barco, vehículo] to abandon;
    abandonó la sala tras el discurso she left the hall after the speech;
    abandonó su pueblo para trabajar en la ciudad she left her home town for a job in the city;
    abandonar el barco to abandon ship;
    ¡abandonen el barco! abandon ship!;
    abandonar algo a su suerte o [m5] destino to abandon sth to its fate;
    los cascos azules abandonarán pronto la región the UN peacekeeping troops will soon be pulling out of the region
    2. [persona] to leave;
    [hijo, animal] to abandon;
    abandonó a su hijo she abandoned her son;
    abandonar a alguien a su suerte o [m5] destino to abandon sb to their fate;
    ¡nunca te abandonaré! I'll never leave you!
    3. [estudios] to give up;
    [proyecto] to abandon;
    abandonó la carrera en el tercer año she dropped out of university in her third year, she gave up her studies in her third year;
    han amenazado con abandonar las negociaciones they have threatened to walk out of the negotiations;
    han amenazado con abandonar la liga they have threatened to pull out of the league;
    abandonar la lucha to give up the fight
    4. [sujeto: suerte, buen humor] to desert;
    lo abandonaron las fuerzas y tuvo que retirarse his strength gave out and he had to drop out;
    nunca la abandona su buen humor she never loses her good humour
    vi
    1. [en carrera, competición] to pull out, to withdraw;
    [en ajedrez] to resign; [en boxeo] to throw in the towel;
    abandonó en el primer asalto his corner threw in the towel in the first round;
    una avería lo obligó a abandonar en la segunda vuelta a mechanical fault forced him to retire on the second lap
    2. [rendirse] to give up;
    no abandones ahora que estás casi al final don't give up now you've almost reached the end
    * * *
    I v/t
    1 lugar leave; a alguien abandon; a esposa, hijos desert; objeto abandon, dump
    2 idea give up, abandon; actividad give up, drop
    II v/i DEP pull out
    * * *
    1) dejar: to abandon, to leave
    2) : to give up, to quit
    abandonaron la búsqueda: they gave up the search
    * * *
    1. (una persona) to abandon / to leave [pt. & pp. left]
    2. (un sitio) to leave
    3. (una actividad) to give up [pt. gave; pp. given]
    4. (una competición) to withdraw [pt. withdraw; pp. withdrawn]

    Spanish-English dictionary > abandonar

  • 18 abierto

    adj.
    1 open.
    2 sincere, candid, frank, out-front.
    3 open to communication, tolerant, receptive.
    4 open, unprotected from the wind, exposed.
    past part.
    past participle of spanish verb: abrir.
    * * *
    1→ link=abrir abrir
    1 open, unlocked
    2 (grifo) (turned) on
    3 figurado (sincero) open, frank
    4 (tolerante) open-minded
    \
    abierto,-a al mar seaward-looking
    abierto,-a de par en par wide open
    quedarse con la boca abierta figurado to be left speechless
    * * *
    (f. - abierta)
    adj.
    * * *
    1.
    PP de abrir
    2. ADJ
    1) [puerta, armario, boca, herida] open

    me miró con los ojos muy abiertos — he looked at me with his eyes wide-open, he looked at me with wide-open eyes

    dejar abierto[+ ventana, cortina, válvula] to leave open; [+ grifo] to leave running, leave on

    boca, brazo, libro
    2) [comercio, museo, oficina] open
    3) (=sin obstáculos) [competición, billete] open
    4) (=extrovertido) [persona] open, outgoing; [carácter, mentalidad] open

    tiene una mentalidad muy abierta — he's very open-minded, he's got a very open mind

    5)

    estar abierto a[+ sugerencias, ideas] to be open to

    6) (=directo) [contradicción, oposición] open; [desafío] direct
    7) (TV)

    en abierto: emitir un programa en abierto — to broadcast a programme unscrambled

    8) (Ling) [vocal, sonido] open
    3.
    SM
    (Dep)
    * * *
    I
    - ta adjetivo
    1)
    a) <ventana/boca> open
    b) [estar] < válvula> open

    dejaste la llave abiertoyou left the faucet (AmE) o (BrE) tap running o on

    c) ( desabrochado) undone
    d) < herida> open; <madera/costura> split
    2) <comercio/museo> open
    3) (Ling) < vocal> open
    4)
    a) [ser] ( espontáneo) open
    b) ( receptivo) open-minded
    5) (manifiesto, directo) open
    II
    1) (Dep) open (tournament)
    2) (Col) ( claro) clearing
    * * *
    = receptive, open, overt, outgoing, open-ended, candid, wide open, up-front [up front], free-flowing, avowed, unreserved, unlocked.
    Ex. The greatest handicap was the fact that we weren't as receptive to change as we should have been and I think we're now on a different track.
    Ex. In natural language indexing which uses a stop-list only, the indexing language is open.
    Ex. Whether the conditioning was the result of overt analysis of the failure to learn lessons or whether they simply become covert factors subconsciously affecting the way later thought developed is something of a moot point.
    Ex. University librarians must adopt a more outgoing strategy to convince staff and students of the value of their collections.
    Ex. New systems incorporating such resources will produce an information environment that is dynamic and open-ended.
    Ex. To do this is to thwart the goal of eliciting genuine dialogue -- candid, searching, and purposeful discussion -- and motivating students to think, to study, to weigh ideas, and to develop their own solutions.
    Ex. The key to this broader world is the possession of books, but if the door stands wide open there is no need of a key.
    Ex. The author recommends the up-front negotiation of ownership accompanied by a written agreement to eliminate the possibility of doubt as to the identity of the owner.
    Ex. Creating an innovative organisation requires a sponsor followed by guidance by example and gradual change aided by free-flowing communication.
    Ex. Anne Bogart's novel combines avowed misogyny with postfeminist frolic.
    Ex. I will be thankful to the readers for their unreserved comments on the book.
    Ex. Theft or attempted theft of belongings is excluded if your car has been left unlocked, left with the keys in it or with a window or roof open.
    ----
    * abierto al público = open for public viewing.
    * abierto a ofertas = ono [or nearest offer].
    * abierto de par en par = wide open.
    * abierto por la noche = late night.
    * acceso abierto = open access (OA).
    * aplicación de código abierto = open source software.
    * cajón abierto = tray.
    * caso abierto = cold case.
    * cirugía a corazón abierto = open heart surgery.
    * curva muy abierta = sweeping curve.
    * de diseño abierto = open-plan, open-planned.
    * dejar abierta la posibilidad de que = leave + open the possibility that.
    * dejar la cuestión abierta = leave + the question open.
    * dejar la puerta abierta de par en par = leave + the door wide open.
    * de plan abierto = open-plan, open-planned.
    * diseño abierto = open plan.
    * en mar abierto = on the open sea.
    * estar abierto a = be open to.
    * fractura abierta = open fracture, compound fracture.
    * jornada de puertas abiertas = open day.
    * mantener los ojos bien abiertos = keep + Posesivo + eyes (wide) open, keep + Posesivo + eyes peeled, keep + Posesivo + eyes skinned.
    * mar abierto = open sea, open ocean.
    * medio abierto = half-opened, half-way open.
    * plan abierto = openness, open plan.
    * pregunta abierta = open-ended question.
    * programa de código abierto = open source software.
    * puertas abiertas = open house.
    * puntas abiertas = split ends.
    * ser como un libro abierto = be an open book.
    * ser un libro abierto = be an open book.
    * software abierto = open software.
    * software de código abierto = open source software.
    * temporada abierta = open season.
    * tener la bragueta abierta = fly + be undone.
    * tienes la bragueta abierta = you've got egg on your chin.
    * zona abierta = open area.
    * * *
    I
    - ta adjetivo
    1)
    a) <ventana/boca> open
    b) [estar] < válvula> open

    dejaste la llave abiertoyou left the faucet (AmE) o (BrE) tap running o on

    c) ( desabrochado) undone
    d) < herida> open; <madera/costura> split
    2) <comercio/museo> open
    3) (Ling) < vocal> open
    4)
    a) [ser] ( espontáneo) open
    b) ( receptivo) open-minded
    5) (manifiesto, directo) open
    II
    1) (Dep) open (tournament)
    2) (Col) ( claro) clearing
    * * *
    = receptive, open, overt, outgoing, open-ended, candid, wide open, up-front [up front], free-flowing, avowed, unreserved, unlocked.

    Ex: The greatest handicap was the fact that we weren't as receptive to change as we should have been and I think we're now on a different track.

    Ex: In natural language indexing which uses a stop-list only, the indexing language is open.
    Ex: Whether the conditioning was the result of overt analysis of the failure to learn lessons or whether they simply become covert factors subconsciously affecting the way later thought developed is something of a moot point.
    Ex: University librarians must adopt a more outgoing strategy to convince staff and students of the value of their collections.
    Ex: New systems incorporating such resources will produce an information environment that is dynamic and open-ended.
    Ex: To do this is to thwart the goal of eliciting genuine dialogue -- candid, searching, and purposeful discussion -- and motivating students to think, to study, to weigh ideas, and to develop their own solutions.
    Ex: The key to this broader world is the possession of books, but if the door stands wide open there is no need of a key.
    Ex: The author recommends the up-front negotiation of ownership accompanied by a written agreement to eliminate the possibility of doubt as to the identity of the owner.
    Ex: Creating an innovative organisation requires a sponsor followed by guidance by example and gradual change aided by free-flowing communication.
    Ex: Anne Bogart's novel combines avowed misogyny with postfeminist frolic.
    Ex: I will be thankful to the readers for their unreserved comments on the book.
    Ex: Theft or attempted theft of belongings is excluded if your car has been left unlocked, left with the keys in it or with a window or roof open.
    * abierto al público = open for public viewing.
    * abierto a ofertas = ono [or nearest offer].
    * abierto de par en par = wide open.
    * abierto por la noche = late night.
    * acceso abierto = open access (OA).
    * aplicación de código abierto = open source software.
    * cajón abierto = tray.
    * caso abierto = cold case.
    * cirugía a corazón abierto = open heart surgery.
    * curva muy abierta = sweeping curve.
    * de diseño abierto = open-plan, open-planned.
    * dejar abierta la posibilidad de que = leave + open the possibility that.
    * dejar la cuestión abierta = leave + the question open.
    * dejar la puerta abierta de par en par = leave + the door wide open.
    * de plan abierto = open-plan, open-planned.
    * diseño abierto = open plan.
    * en mar abierto = on the open sea.
    * estar abierto a = be open to.
    * fractura abierta = open fracture, compound fracture.
    * jornada de puertas abiertas = open day.
    * mantener los ojos bien abiertos = keep + Posesivo + eyes (wide) open, keep + Posesivo + eyes peeled, keep + Posesivo + eyes skinned.
    * mar abierto = open sea, open ocean.
    * medio abierto = half-opened, half-way open.
    * plan abierto = openness, open plan.
    * pregunta abierta = open-ended question.
    * programa de código abierto = open source software.
    * puertas abiertas = open house.
    * puntas abiertas = split ends.
    * ser como un libro abierto = be an open book.
    * ser un libro abierto = be an open book.
    * software abierto = open software.
    * software de código abierto = open source software.
    * temporada abierta = open season.
    * tener la bragueta abierta = fly + be undone.
    * tienes la bragueta abierta = you've got egg on your chin.
    * zona abierta = open area.

    * * *
    abierto1 -ta
    A
    1 ‹ventana/ojos/boca› open
    ¡entra! está abierto come in! it's open
    me miró con los ojos muy abiertos she looked at me with eyes wide open
    no dejes la botella abierta don't leave the top off the bottle
    mándalo en un sobre abierto send it in an unsealed envelope
    la carta venía abierta the letter was already open o had already been opened when it arrived
    dejó el libro abierto sobre la mesa he left the book open on the table
    deja las cortinas abiertas leave the curtains open
    los espacios abiertos de la ciudad the city's open spaces
    2 ‹válvula› open
    has dejado el grifo abierto you've left the tap running o on
    llevas la blusa abierta your blouse is undone
    4 ‹herida› open
    5 ‹madera/costura› split
    tengo todas las puntas abiertas I have a lot of split ends
    B ‹comercio/museo/tienda› open
    no había un solo restaurante abierto there wasn't a single restaurant open
    estará abierta al público a partir del próximo lunes it will be open to the public from next Monday
    C ( Ling) ‹vocal› open
    D
    tiene un carácter muy abierto she has a very open nature
    2 (receptivo) open-minded
    tiene una mente muy abierta she has a very open mind, she's very open-minded
    abierto A algo open TO sth
    es una persona muy abierta al diálogo/a ideas nuevas she's very open to dialogue/to new ideas
    estoy abierto a toda clase de sugerencias I'm open to all kinds of suggestions
    E (manifiesto, directo) open
    la orden se dio con la abierta oposición de los militares the order was given despite overt o open opposition from the military
    F
    (Méx, Per vulg): ésa ya está abierta she's lost her cherry ( vulg)
    A ( Dep) open, open tournament ( o championship etc)
    B ( Col) (claro) clearing
    * * *

     

    Del verbo abrir: ( conjugate abrir)

    abierto es:

    el participio

    Multiple Entries:
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    abierto 1
    ◊ -ta adjetivo

    1
    a)ventana/boca open;


    con los ojos muy abiertos with eyes wide open;
    un sobre abierto an unsealed envelope;
    los espacios abiertos de la ciudad the city's open spaces
    b) [estar] ‹ válvula open;

    dejaste la llave abierto you left the faucet (AmE) o (BrE) tap running


    d) herida open;

    madera/costura split
    2 [estar] ‹comercio/museo open
    3 (Ling) ‹ vocal open
    4
    a) [ser] ( espontáneo) open


    abierto a algo open to sth
    5 (manifiesto, directo) open
    abierto 2 sustantivo masculino (Dep) open (tournament)
    abrir ( conjugate abrir) verbo transitivo
    1 ( en general) to open;
    paraguas to open, put up;
    mapa to open out, unfold;
    cortinas to open, draw back;
    persianas to raise, pull up;
    cremallera to undo
    2llave/gas to turn on;
    válvula to open;
    cerradura to unlock
    3
    a)zanja/túnel to dig;

    agujero to make
    b) (fam) ‹ pacienteto open … up (colloq)

    4
    a)comercio/museo› ( para el quehacer diario) to open;

    ( inaugurar) to open (up);
    ¿a qué hora abren la taquilla? what time does the box office open?

    b)carretera/aeropuerto to open;

    frontera to open (up)
    5

    negocio to start, set up;
    suscripción to take out;
    investigación to begin, set up;

    abierto fuego to open fire
    b)acto/debate/baile to open

    c)desfile/cortejo to head, lead

    d)paréntesis/comillas to open

    6 apetito to whet
    abrirse verbo pronominal
    1
    a) [puerta/ventana] to open;

    abiertose a algo ‹a jardín/corredor› to open onto sth
    b) [flor/almeja] to open;

    [ paracaídas] to open
    2 ( refl) ‹chaqueta/cremallera to undo
    3

    [ perspectivas] to open up;

    b) [período/era] to begin

    abierto,-a adjetivo
    1 open
    (grifo) (turned) on: dejaste la ventana abierta de par en par, you left the window wide open
    2 (sin restricciones, cercas, límites) open: salimos a campo abierto, we went out to the open
    el europeo es un mercado abierto, Europe is an open market
    3 (sin tapujos) clear: es una abierta declaración de intenciones, it's an open declaration of her intentions
    carta abierta al señor ministro, an open letter to the minister
    4 (persona receptiva) open-minded
    (extrovertido) open
    5 Dep open
    abrir
    I verbo transitivo
    1 (separar, permitir el acceso, desplegar) to open
    (una cerradura) to unlock
    (una cremallera) to undo
    2 (una llave, un grifo) to turn on
    3 (hacer una zanja, un túnel, etc) to dig
    (hacer un ojal, el agujero de una ventana) to make: abriremos una ventana en esta pared, we'll make an opening for a window on this wall
    4 (iniciar un discurso, una actividad) to open, start: van a abrir una tienda en la esquina, they're going to open a shop on the corner
    tienes que abrir una cuenta en este banco, you've got to open an account at this bank
    5 (ampliar, expandir) to open: deberíamos abrir nuestro mercado, we should open up our market
    6 (rajar) to slit: cuando abrimos la sandía resultó que no estaba madura, when we cut open the watermelon we realised that it wasn't ripe
    abrieron la res en canal, they slit open the animal
    7 Jur a Álvarez le han abierto un expediente, they have started investigating Álvarez
    II verbo intransitivo
    1 to open
    ♦ Locuciones: en un abrir y cerrar de ojos, in the twinkling of an eye
    ' abierto' also found in these entries:
    Spanish:
    abierta
    - abrir
    - accesible
    - brecha
    - cerrar
    - cielo
    - expansiva
    - expansivo
    - plaza
    - apetito
    - carácter
    - entre
    - mar
    - mina
    - operación
    - par
    English:
    all-night
    - clash
    - door
    - establish
    - gate
    - half-open
    - lest
    - nowhere
    - open
    - outspoken
    - raw
    - restricted
    - revolving credit
    - run
    - undone
    - upfront
    - wide
    - wide open
    - all
    - beer
    - gape
    - gaping
    - on
    - overt
    - somewhere
    - undisguised
    - work
    * * *
    abierto, -a
    participio
    ver abrir
    adj
    1. [puerta, boca, tienda] open;
    dejar el grifo abierto to leave the Br tap o US faucet on o running;
    bien o [m5] muy abierto wide open;
    abierto de 9 a 5 [en letrero] opening hours: 9 to 5;
    abierto al público open to the public;
    la cabaña está en pleno campo abierto the cabin is in open country
    2. [herida] open
    3. [desabrochado] undone;
    llevas abierta la camisa your shirt is undone
    4. Informát [archivo] open
    5. [cheque] open
    6. [claro] open;
    mostró su abierta oposición al proyecto he was openly opposed to the project;
    existe una abierta enemistad entre los dos políticos the two politicians are quite openly enemies
    7. Ling [vocal] open
    8. [liberal, tolerante] open-minded;
    tiene una mentalidad muy abierta she's very open-minded;
    estar abierto a cualquier sugerencia to be open to suggestions
    9. [franco, sincero] open;
    es una persona muy abierta, nunca oculta nada she's very open, she never hides anything
    10. [sin decidir] open;
    promete ser una final muy abierta it promises to be a very open o evenly contested final
    11. TV
    un programa en abierto = on pay TV, a programme which is not scrambled so that non-subscribers may also watch it
    12. Ven [generoso] generous
    nm
    1. Dep open (tournament)
    el abierto británico the British Open;
    el abierto USA the US Open
    2. Col [terreno] cleared land
    * * *
    I partabrir
    II adj tb persona open;
    está abierto a nuevas ideas fig he’s open to new ideas
    * * *
    abierto, -ta adj
    1) : open
    2) : candid, frank
    3) : generous
    abiertamente adv
    * * *
    abierto adj
    1. (en general) open
    ¿está abierta la tienda? is the shop open?
    2. (grifo, gas) on
    3. (persona) open / open minded

    Spanish-English dictionary > abierto

  • 19 abortar

    v.
    1 to abort (feto).
    Ella abortó al bebé She aborted the baby.
    Ricardo abortó el plan Richard aborted=called off the plan.
    Silvia abortó hace un mes Silvia had an abortion a month ago.
    2 to have a miscarriage, to miscarry (medicine) (espontáneamente).
    * * *
    1 (voluntariamente) to abort, have an abortion; (involuntariamente) to miscarry, have a miscarriage
    2 (fracasar) to fail, fall through
    1 (interrumpir) to stop; (frustrar) to foil, thwart
    * * *
    verb
    1) to abort, foil, frustrate
    2) have an abortion, have a miscarriage
    * * *
    1.
    VI [accidentalmente] to have a miscarriage; [deliberadamente] to have an abortion
    2. VT
    1) (=abandonar) [+ plan, aterrizaje] to abort
    2) (=frustrar) [+ complot] to foil, frustrate; [+ motín, protesta] to quell, put down
    3) (Inform) to abort
    * * *
    1.
    verbo intransitivo
    1) (Med) ( de forma espontánea) to have a miscarriage, miscarry, abort; ( de forma provocada) to have an abortion, abort
    2) plan/conspiración to miscarry
    2.
    abortar vt <maniobra/aterrizaje> to abort
    * * *
    = abort, have + an abortion.
    Ex. It is important to know what police or fire responses are triggered by alarms and how that reaction can be aborted and the alarm silenced.
    Ex. This study examines responses to antiabortion picketing by women encountering picketers as they entered abortion clinics to have an abortion.
    * * *
    1.
    verbo intransitivo
    1) (Med) ( de forma espontánea) to have a miscarriage, miscarry, abort; ( de forma provocada) to have an abortion, abort
    2) plan/conspiración to miscarry
    2.
    abortar vt <maniobra/aterrizaje> to abort
    * * *
    = abort, have + an abortion.

    Ex: It is important to know what police or fire responses are triggered by alarms and how that reaction can be aborted and the alarm silenced.

    Ex: This study examines responses to antiabortion picketing by women encountering picketers as they entered abortion clinics to have an abortion.

    * * *
    abortar [A1 ]
    vi
    A ( Med) (de forma espontánea) to have a miscarriage, miscarry, abort; (de forma provocada) to have an abortion, abort
    B «plan/conspiración» to miscarry
    ■ abortar
    vt
    A ‹maniobra/aterrizaje› to abort
    la policía abortó estas acciones de protesta the police quashed these protests
    B ( Inf) ‹programa/proceso› to abort
    * * *

    abortar ( conjugate abortar) verbo intransitivo (Med) ( de forma espontánea) to have a miscarriage, miscarry;
    ( de forma provocada) to have an abortion, abort
    verbo transitivo ‹maniobra/aterrizaje to abort
    abortar
    I verbo intransitivo (accidentalmente) to miscarry, have a miscarriage
    (voluntariamente) to abort, have an abortion: no quiere abortar, she doesn't want to have an abortion
    II verbo transitivo to abort: la policía abortó el intento de secuestro, the police aborted the attempted kidnapping
    ' abortar' also found in these entries:
    English:
    abort
    - abortion
    - miscarry
    * * *
    vt
    1. [feto] to abort
    2. [misión, aterrizaje] to abort;
    [atentado] to foil;
    abortaron la operación antes de que empezara they called off the operation before it had started
    3. Informát [programa] to abort
    vi
    [espontáneamente] to have a miscarriage, to miscarry; [intencionadamente] to have an abortion
    * * *
    I v/i MED espontáneamente miscarry; de forma provocada have an abortion
    II v/t plan foil
    * * *
    : to have an abortion
    1) : to abort
    2) : to quash, to suppress
    * * *
    1. (voluntariamente) to have an abortion
    2. (espontáneamente) to miscarry [pt. & pp. miscarried]

    Spanish-English dictionary > abortar

  • 20 abrasar

    v.
    1 to burn down (quemar) (casa, bosque).
    el sol abrasó los campos the sun parched the fields
    El aire caliente abrasaba su garganta The hot air burned his throat.
    2 to be boiling hot.
    este sol abrasa the sun is really hot today
    3 to consume.
    La pasión lo consumía Passion consumed him...
    * * *
    1 (quemar) to burn, scorch
    2 (calentar) overheat
    1 to burn (up)
    1 to burn
    \
    abrasarse de amores figurado to be madly in love
    abrasarse de calor figurado to be sweltering
    abrasarse de sed figurado to be parched
    * * *
    1. VT
    1) (=quemar) to burn (up); [con lejía] to scorch
    2) [+ plantas] [sol] to dry up, parch; [viento] to sear; [helada] to cut, nip
    3) (=derrochar) to squander, waste
    4) (=avergonzar) to fill with shame
    2.
    VI
    3.
    See:
    * * *
    1.
    verbo transitivo
    a) ( quemar) to burn
    b) bebida to scald, burn; comida to burn
    c) (liter) pasión to consume (liter)
    2.
    abrasar vi sol to burn, scorch
    3.
    abrasarse v pron bosque to be burned (down); planta to get scorched

    se abrasaba en deseo — (liter) he was aflame with desire (liter)

    * * *
    = scorch, sear, singe, consume, burn, scald.
    Ex. If badly affected, spots run together, and leaves appear scorched.
    Ex. Searing meat is the process for caramelising the sugars present in meat and forming an aesthetic crust around its surface.
    Ex. Soon Frank's shoulders baked, and he could feel the day's heat singeing his cheeks and forehead.
    Ex. Her eyes were dry and her head bleary from spending all week totally consumed with work.
    Ex. In Italy, Mussoline was burning books and suppressing libraries with appalling regularity.
    Ex. In the morning my shower started to splurt out boiling water, scalding my head so badly it has blistered.
    * * *
    1.
    verbo transitivo
    a) ( quemar) to burn
    b) bebida to scald, burn; comida to burn
    c) (liter) pasión to consume (liter)
    2.
    abrasar vi sol to burn, scorch
    3.
    abrasarse v pron bosque to be burned (down); planta to get scorched

    se abrasaba en deseo — (liter) he was aflame with desire (liter)

    * * *
    = scorch, sear, singe, consume, burn, scald.

    Ex: If badly affected, spots run together, and leaves appear scorched.

    Ex: Searing meat is the process for caramelising the sugars present in meat and forming an aesthetic crust around its surface.
    Ex: Soon Frank's shoulders baked, and he could feel the day's heat singeing his cheeks and forehead.
    Ex: Her eyes were dry and her head bleary from spending all week totally consumed with work.
    Ex: In Italy, Mussoline was burning books and suppressing libraries with appalling regularity.
    Ex: In the morning my shower started to splurt out boiling water, scalding my head so badly it has blistered.

    * * *
    abrasar [A1 ]
    vt
    1 (quemar) to burn
    cuatro personas murieron abrasadas four people were burned to death
    2 «bebida» to scald, burn; «comida» to burn
    3 ( liter); «pasión» to consume ( liter)
    ■ abrasar
    vi
    «sol» to burn, scorch
    este café abrasa this coffee is very hot, this coffee's boiling (hot) ( colloq)
    «bosque» to be burned (down); «planta» to get scorched
    nos abrasábamos en aquella habitación we were sweltering in that room
    se abrasaba en deseo ( liter); he was aflame with desire ( liter)
    * * *

    abrasar ( conjugate abrasar) verbo transitivo



    [ comida] to burn
    verbo intransitivo [ sol] to burn, scorch
    abrasarse verbo pronominal [ bosque] to be burned (down);
    [ planta] to get scorched;

    abrasar verbo transitivo & verbo intransitivo to scorch

    ' abrasar' also found in these entries:
    Spanish:
    calcinar
    English:
    scorch
    - sear
    * * *
    vt
    1. [quemar] [casa, bosque] to burn down;
    [persona, mano, garganta] to burn
    2. [desecar] to scorch;
    el sol abrasó los campos the sun parched the fields
    3. [consumir] to consume;
    lo abrasaba el deseo he was consumed by desire
    vi
    [café, sopa] to be boiling hot;
    este sol abrasa the sun is really hot today
    * * *
    I v/t burn
    II v/i
    1 del sol be scorching
    2 de bebida, comida be boiling hot
    * * *
    quemar: to burn, to sear, to scorch
    * * *
    1. (quemar) to burn [pt. & pp. burnt]
    2. (estar muy caliente) to be boiling hot

    Spanish-English dictionary > abrasar

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