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This Spanish to English dictionary will help you find the meaning of many basic (and not so basic) Spanish terms.

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I do hope you find this Spanish to English dictionary useful. It is a growing project, and I will keep adding new words as time allows it.

Abbreviations Used in this Dictionary

If you are unsure about any of these terms, you may want to check out our Spanish Grammar section. Learning some grammar pays off when learning another language as an adult.

adj. = adjective obj. = object
adv. = adverb op. = opposite of
art = article part. = participle
conj. = conjunction pers. = person, personal
def. = definite pl. = plural
demonstr. = demonstrative poss. = possessive
fem. = femenine p.p. = past participle
indef. = indefinite prep. = preposition
inf. = infinitive pres. = present tense
interj. = interjection pret. = preterite tense (past)
interr. = interrogative pron. = pronoun
masc. = masculine reflex. = reflexive
neg. = negative rel. = relative
neut. = neuter sing = singular
num. = number vb. = verb
el, la = the definite for that word.

Spanish to English Dictionary: - A -

a : - (prep.): to, at, in, into, on, etc.

abajo (adv): down, below, downstairs, (op. arriba)

abierto (p.p.): abrir, open; opened (op. cerrado)

abogado (el): lawyer

abrazar (vb): to embrace, to hug

abrigarse: (reflex.) = to cover one's self; to put on a coat

abrigo (el): overcoat

abril :April

abuelo : grandfather; abuela =grandmother. (pl.) = abuelos

aca :(adv.)here, over here (mostly motion)

acabar: (vb) = to finish, to end; acabar de + inf. (in the present and imperfect only), to hav just + p.p. ; acabar de + inf. (in any other tense), to finish; se acabó, it is over.

acaso :(adv.)perhaps; por si acaso, just in case

aceite (el): oil

aceptar : (vb) = to accept

acera (la): footpath, sidewalk

acerca de: (prep.) = about, concerning

acercarse: (reflex.) = to come near, to approach, to get close to someone or something

acompañar a :(vb), to come along with, to go along with, to accompany

acordarse de: (de + obj.) = to remember, to recollect (op. olvidar, olvidarse de, to forget)

acostarse: (reflex.) = to go to bed, acostarse con = (to go to be with)

acostumbrado: (p.p.) = to be accustomed; estar acostumbrado -a, to be used to, to be accustomed

acostumbrar: (reflex.) = to get used to something, to accustom

acuerdo (el): = agreement; estar de acuerdo (con), to agree with (with)

adelantar (vb:) = to advance; to gain time, to be fast; se adelanta, it (a timepiece) is fast; (op.) = atrasar

adelante (¡Adelante!): = come in! (it also means "ahead", "forward").

además: (adv.) = besides, moreover, additionally; además de = in addition to...

adi&oaccute;s (el): = good bye

adonde: in which (a place), where?

adorno (el): ornament, decoration

afeitarse: (reflex.) = to shave (oneself)

afortunadamente: (adv.) = fortunately; (op.)= desafortunadamente = unfortunately.

agosto (el): August

agradable: (adj.) = pleasant (op.) = desagradable = unpleasant

agradar: (vb) = to please

agua (el): = water

aguardar, esperar: (vb) = to wait, to wait for

¡ah!: Oh! (expressing surprice)

ahí: (adv) there; ahí está (there it is).

ahora: (adv) now; ahora mismo (right now); ahora bién (now then).

aire (el): (n) air.

al (= a + el): to the; al + infinitive (on, when upon) + pres . part.

alcoba: bedroom.

alegrarse de: to be glad (to or of).

alegre: cheerful (op. triste).

algo: (indef. pron) something (op. nada); algo de (nuevo) something (new); (adv.) somewhat, a little.

algodón (el): cotton.

alguien: (indef. pron.) someone, somebody (op. nadie).

algún: (used instead of alguno before a masc. sing. noun.

alguno: (indef. pron) someone, anyone, some, any; (indef adj) some, any; algunos some, a few.

alimentar: (v) to feed; alimento (el) food.

alma: (n) soul.

almorzar: (vb) to have lunch.

alquilar: (vb) to rent; alquiler (el) rent, rental.

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alrededor: (adv) around, about; alrededor de (prep) around.

alto: (adj) high, tall; en voz alta in loud voice, aloud.

alumno: pupil, student; alumna (la) female student.

allá: (adv) there, over there (away from the subject who says it).

allí: (adv) there, over there (but close to the person who says it).

amable: (adv) kind, pleasant.

amar: (vb) to love.

ambos: (indef adj & pron) both.

amigo: (n) friend.

amor: (n) love.

ancho: (adj) wide, broad, loose (of clothing).

andar: (vb) to walk , to go (without definite destination); to run (of machines); andar con to go out with someone, to be an item with someone.

anoche: (adv) last night.

antenoche: (adv) the night before last night.

antes: (adv) before (in position or order), sooner (op. despues); antes de (que) (prep> before.

antiguo: (adj) old, ancient (of things) (op = nuevo).

año (el): year; cuántos años tiene usted? How old are you?; Tengo treinta y dos años (I'm 32 years old).

apagar: (vb) to put out, to turn off (a fire, a light) (op = encender )

apellido: (n) surname, family name.

apenas: (adv) hardly, scarcely.

apreciar: (vb) to appreciate.

aprender (a): (vb) to learn (to).

aquél, aquella: (demonstrt. adj): that, that... over there; aquéllos, aquéllas (those, those over there).

aquello: (neut. pron) that.

aquí: (adv) here; aquí tiene usted (la llave) (here is [the key]); por aquí (this way).

arbol: (n) tree.

arreglar: (vb) to fix, to arrange.

arriba: (adv) up, above, upstairs (op = abajo ).

asegurar: (vb) to assure, to insure.

así: (adv) thus, so, like this (that, in this (that) way; así es (that's right).

asiento: (n) seat.

asistir: (vb) to attend, to be present (at an event or meeting).

asunto (el): matter, affair, business, subject.

atrasar: (vb) to delay; to be slow (a timepiece); el reloj se atrasa (the watch is slow).

atreverse: (vb) to dare; no me atrevo a hablar (I don't dare to speak).

aún [hasta]: (adv) even, still; [todavia] (adv) yet, still; aún no (not yet); más aún (still more, furthermore).

aunque : (conj) although, even though.

autobus (el): bus.

automovil (el): (n) car.

avenida: (n) avenue.

averiguar: (vb) to find out, to make sure, to verify.

avion (el): (n) plane.

avisar: (vb) to inform, to send (leave) word, to let (someone) know.

ayer: (adv) yesterday.

ayuda: (n) help, aid.

ayudar: (vb) to help.

azucar: (n) sugar.

azul: (adj) blue.

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bailar: (vb) to dance.

bajar: (vb) to lower something, to go down (stairs).

bajo: (adv, adj) low.

banco: (n) bank.

bañarse: (vb) to bath, to have a shower.

barato: (adj) cheap, inexpensive.

bastante: (adj) plenty, a lot, very.

bastar : (vb) to be enough.

beber : (vb) to drink.

besar : (vb) to kiss.

biblioteca : (n) libarary.

bien : (adv) well, clearly, perfectly, fine.

biftec, bistec : (n) beefsteak (this is an anglicism, i.e. a word borrowed from English, and commonly used by Spanish speakers. The closest equivalent in Spanish is filete de res, but "bistec" is good enough!

billete: (n) ticket, bank note.

blanco: (adj) white.

blusa: (n) blouse.

boca: (n) mouth.

bolsa: (n) bag, purse, stock exchange (la bolsa de valores.

bolsillo: (n) pocket.

bondadoso: (adj) kind, good natured.

bonito: (adj) pretty, nice (op. feo, fea

botones: (adj) buttons; it also means bell boy, but I'm not sure this is still used.

brazo: (n) arm.

buen: (adj) good (op. mal) (used before a masculine singualar noun).

bueno: (adj) good; well (in health), fine (op. malo).

buscar : (vb) to look for, to search , to seek, to call for, to go and get something or someone.

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caballero : (n) gentleman.

caber: (vb) to fit in, to be room for.

cabeza: (n) head.

cabo: (n) corporal (in the army), end, cape (in geography), no cabe duda= there is no doubt, llevar a cabo= to carry out, to accomplish.

cada: (indef. adj) each, every; cada uno (una) = each one; cada tres días = every 3 days; cada vez que vengo = every time I come around; cada vez que te tengo = every time I have you ;-)

caer : (vb) to fall; to fall over.

café : (n) coffee; (adv) brown.

caja : (n) box.

cajón : (n) drawer.

calcetin : (n) sock.

calidad : (n) quality.

caliente : (adj) hot, warm.

calor: (n) heat.

callar: (n) to keep quiet, to shut up, to put a sock in it.

calle: (n) street.

cama: (n) bed.

camarero: (n) waiter.

cambiar: (vb) to change, to exchange; en cambio = on the other hand.

cambio: (n) change. It also means "over" when talking on a 2-way radio.

caminar: (vb) to walk.

camino: (n) road, way.

camisa: (n) shirt.

campo: (n) field, coutry (as opposed to city).

cantar: (vb) to sing.

capaz: (adj) capable, able; yo no soy capaz de eso = I can't do that; I don't have the scurpples to do that.

capital: (n) capital city; capital (as in finance).

cara: (n) face.

cariño: (n) affection.

carne: (n) meat.

caro: (adj) expensive, dear.

carretera: (n) road, highway.

carta: (n) letter.

cartera: (n) handbag, wallet.

casa: (n) house.

casado: (adj) married; soy casado = I'm married.

casar: (vb) to marry, to marry off.

casi: (adv) almost.

caso: (n) case, affair; hacer caso de to pay attention to, to obey (when a parent says it to a child).

casualidad: (n) coincidence, chance; por casualidad lo v&iaccute; = I saw him by chance.

catorce: (n) fourteen.

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causa: (n) cause; a causa de = because of.

celebrar: (vb) to celebrate.

cena: (n) dinner, supper (i.e. the last meal of the day... apart from after dinner snacks, of course!)

cenar: (vb) to dine, to have dinner.

centavo: (n) cent.

cepillo: (n) brush.

cerca: (n) close to, around, near.

cero: (n) zero.

cerrar: (vb) to close.

cielo: (n) heaven, sky.

cien: (n) hundred.

ciento: (n) hundred (used before another number: ciento cinco = a hundred and five.

cierto: (adj) certain, true; ¡es cierto! = that's true!; por cierto... = come to think of it... or... now that you mention it....

cinco: (n) five.

cincuenta: (n) fifty.

cine: (n) cinema, movies.

cita: (n) date, appointment.

ciudad: (n) city.

claro: (adj) clear, bright, light (in color); ¡Claro! = of course!

clase: (n) class, type, sort.

cliente: (n) client, customer.

clima: (n) climate, weather.

cobrar: (vb) to charge, to collect money (for a good, service or debt).

cocina: (n) kitchen, cooking.

coger: (vb) to pick, to catch. In some Latin American countries it also means to f*ck, so be careful when you use this word, or when someone is using it in relation to you! ;-)

colgar: (vb) to hang, to hang up.

colocar: (vb) to place, to put something into or onto something.

color: (n) color.

comedor: (n) dining room, dinner joint, eatery.

comenzar: (vb) to start something, to commence, to begin.

comer: (vb) to eat.

comida: (n) noun.

como: (rel adv and conj) as, like, such as, when; since, provided that; como antes = like before; como de costumbre = as usual; tal como = such as; tan pronto como = as soon as; como si... = as if.

cómo?: how?; ¿como es la casa? = what is the house like?; ¡como no! = of course! certainly!; ¿como se llama esto en españ? = what's this called in Spanish?; ¿como se dice... en español? = how do you say ... in Spanish?

cómodo: comfortable.

compañero: mate, companion.

compra: (n) purchase; ir de compras = to go shopping.

comprar: (vb) to buy, to purchase.

comprender: (vb) to understand, to comprehend.

comun: (adj) common.

con: (prep) with, by (op. sin = without).

conducir: (vb) to drive (also manejar), to conduct, to lead.

conmigo: with me.

conocer: (vb) to know (someone or a place), to be acquainted with; to meet, to make the acquaintance of; to recognize.

conseguir: (vb) to get, to obtain, to succeed in, to achieve something (¿qué conseguiste con eso? = what did you achieve with that?

consejo: (n) advice.

considerar: (vb) to consider.

consiguiente: Por consiguiente = therefore, as a result of, consequently.

consister en: (vb) to consist of.

contar: (vb) to count.

contento: (adj) happy, merry, pleased, satisfied.

contestar: (vb) to answer, to reply.

continente: (n) continent.

continuar: (vb) to continue.

contra: (prep) against.

contrario: (adj) contrary, opposite; al contrariio = on the contrary; lo contrario = the opposite.

convenir: (vb) to be suitable, to concur, to agree to do something.

conversacion: (n) conversation.

convidar: (vb) to share, to invite.

copa: (n) goblet, stemmed glass; una copa de vino = a glass of whine.

corazón: (n) heart.

corbata: (n) tie.

cordero: (n) lamb.

correr: (vb) to run.

cortar: (vb) to cut.

cortés: (adj) polite,m corteous.

corto: (adj) short.

cosa: (n) thing.

costar: (vb) to cost.

costilla: (n) rib, chop.

costumbre: (n) habit, custom; como de costumbre... = as usual....

creer: (vb) to believe; to think; creo que sí. = I think so; creo que no. = I don't think so.

criado, criada: servant. (also sirviente, sirvienta)

cruzar: to cross, to go across, to go through a place.

cuadra: block (of houses).

cual: (rel pron) (such) as; el cual; la cual, los cuales, las cuales = who, which, that.

¿cuál?: (adj & pron) which? which one? what?

cualquier o cualquiera: (indef adj & pron) any, anyone, any... at all.

cuando: (adj & conj) when; cuand más = at the most.

cuándo?: when?

cuanto: (rel adj & pron) as much as, as many as, all that; (rel adv) as much as, as far as; en cuanto... = as soon as; cuanto má... tanto más... = the more.... the more...; unos cuantos = a few.

¿cuánto? ¿cuás?: how much? how many? ¿cuántos años tiene usted? = how old are you?

cuarenta: (n) forty.

cuarto: (n) room, quarter, a forth (1/4).

cuatro: (n) four.

cuchara: (n) spoon.

cucharada: (n) spoon full.

cucharadita: (n) tea spoon full.

cucharita: (n) tea spoon.

cuchillo: (n) knife.

cuello: (n) neck.

cuenta: (n) account.

cuerpo: (n) body.

cuestion: (n) question (for discussion), matter, problem.

cuidado:(n) care, caution; Ten cuidado = be careful, look out.

cuidar: (n) to look after, to take care of.

culpa: (n) guilt, fault, blame; echar la culpa a... = to blame someone; tener la culpa de = to be liable for, to be guilty of, to be blamed for.

cuyo: (rel poss adj). whose, which.

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chaleco: (n) vest.

chaqueta: (n) jacket, coat.

chico: (adj) small, little; (n) boy, kid.

chino: (n) a Chinese national or ethnic; (adj) Chinese (from china)

chocolate: (n) chocolate.

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daño: (n) damage, harm.

dar: (vb) to give.

de: (prep) of. Check out the Spanish prepositions page for more information on the various meanings of this little word.

debajo: (adv) underneath, under (Op. encima).

deber: (vb) to owe; It's also used as an auxiliary expressing obligation in the form deber + inf.: ought to, have to: Usted debe salir enseguida = you ought to leave at once; it is also used as an auxiliary expressing supposition, probability or belief in the form deber de + inf.: él debe de haber salido = He must have gone out; debe de ser verdad = it must be true.

deber (n) duty.

debido: due to, owing to.

debiera: it should.

debil: (adj) weak.

decidir : (vb) to decide.

decir: (vb) to say.

declarar: (vb) to state, to declare.

dejar: (vb) to leave: dejé el libro en casa = I left the book at home; to let, to allow: no me dejaron entrar + The did not let me in; ¡déjame en paz! = Leave me alone! to stop doing something: Dejé de estudiar hace mucho tiempo = I stoped studying a long time ago; not to fail to do something: No dejes de escribirme = Make sure you don't stop writing to me; No lo dejes caer. = don't let it fall.

del: of (from), the.

delante: (adv) in front, before (op detras ).

delgado: (adj) slender, skinny, thin.

delicioso: (adj) delicious.

demás: (indef. adj. & pron) le (la, los, las) demás = the rest, the other (others); lo demás (neuter), the rest, what is left.

demasiado: (adj) too much; demasiados = too many.

dentro: (adv) inside, within (op. fuera ); dentro de poco = in a little (short) while.

derecho: (adv) right, straight; a la derecha = to the right (op. a la izquierda = to the left); el derecho = the right, priviledge, the law, law.

desafortunadamente: (adv) unfortunately (op afortunadamente = fortunately).

desayunarse: to have breakfast.

desayuno: (n) breakfast.

descansar: (vb) to rest.

descanso: (n) rest.

desconocers: to ignore, unbeknowing, to fail to recognize, to disown someone.

desde: (prep) since (of time); from (of place); ¿Desde d&oacutende? = from where?; ¿desde cuando? = since when?.

desear: (vb) to wish, to covet, to desire.

deseo: (n) wish.

desgracia: (n) misfortune; por desgracia = unfortunately.

despacio: (adv) slowly.

despedir: (vb) to dismiss (from a job), to say good bye.

despertar: (vb) to awaken, to wake up.

despues: (adv) after, later, afterward; then (op antes ).

detener: (vb) to stop, to detain; detenerse = to stop oneself.

detrás: (adv) behind, in back (op. delante).

devolver: (vb) to give back, to return something.

día: (n) day (op. la noche ).

diciembre: (n) December.

diente: (n) tooth.

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diez: (n) ten.

diferente: (adj) different.

dificil: (adj) difficult.

dinero: (n) money.

dios: (n) god.

dirección: (n) direction.

directamente: (adv) directly.

dirigir: (vb) to direct, to manage, to lead, to address or speak to a person.

dispensar: (vb) to excuse or pardon.

disponer: (vb) to dispose of, to arrange, to have at one's disposal.

dispuesto: (adj) to be inclined to do something.

distancia: (n) distance.

distinguir: (vb) to distinguish.

diversión: passtime.

divertir: (vb) to amuse, entertain, have a good time.

doce: (n) twelve.

doler: (vb) to ache, to feel pain, to hurt.

dolor: (n) pain.

domingo: (n) Sunday.

don: This is a title of courtesy used without the article before a man's first name. It has no equivalent in English. A man called Pedro, would be "Don Pedro". The female equivalent is Doña, but in some countries this is substituted by Niña: e.g. Niña Rosa.

donde: (rel adv) where, in which, to which (place); a donde, or adonde = where, to which; de donde = from where, from which (place).

¿dónde?: where?; ¿a dónde? = where abouts? where to?

doña: This is a title of courtesy used without the article before a woman's first name. It has no equivalent in English. A woman called Elvira, would be "Doña Elvira", but in some countries this is substituted by Niña: e.g. Niña Elvira.

dormir: (vb) to sleep.

dos: (n) two.

ducha: (n) shower (bath).

duda: (n) doubt.

dudar: (vb) to doubt.

dueño: owner.

dulce: (adj) sweet.

durante: (prep) during, whilst.

durar: (vb) to last.

duro: (adj) hard (to the touch), stern (op. suave, blando).

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echar: (vb) to throw, to cast; to pour (liquids); echara a perder = to spoil, to ruin; echar de menos = to miss someone or a place.

edad: (n) age.

edificio: (n) building.

efecto: (n) effect.

eh: This is an exclamation. When preceded by question marks, it's the equivalent of "huh?". When preceeded by exclamation marks, it's equivalent to to "hey".

ejemplo: (n) example.

el: (def. art. masc) the; eg. el buey = the ox.

él: (pers pron) he, him, it (masc); eg él vino ayer = he came over yesterday.

elegir: (vb) to select, to choose, to elect (as in elections).

ella: (pron) she.

ellas: (pron) they (plural of ella ).

ello: (neut pron), it.

embargo: (pers pron) they; them (plural of él ).

empezar: (vb) to begin, to start up something.

emplear: (vb) to employ, to use.

empleo: (n) employment, job, use.

en: (prep) in, on, at (that's why Spanish speakers get their prepositions wrong: the word en means all of these prepositions in English!). I still get them wrong myself every now and then! Hey, I didn't say I'm perfect! Not quite, anyway. ;-)

encantador: (adj) charming, delightful.

encantar: (vb) to charm, to bewitch; Encantado de conocerla, señorita! = Plesed to meet you, miss.

encargar: (vb) to order, ro request.

encender: (vb) to light up something, to turn a light on (op. apagar).

encima: (adv) on top, above (op. debajo de= underneath).

encontrar: (vb) to meet, to find, to encounter.

enero: (n) January.

enfermo: (adj) ill, sick.

ensalada: (n) salad.

enseñar: (vb) to teach, to show.

entender: (vb) to understand or comprehend.

enterarse: (vb) to find out (about).

entonces: (adv) then.

entrada: (n) entry, entrance.

entrar: (vb) to enter, to go in, to come in (op. salir = to exit).

entre: (prep) between, among, in between.

entregar: (vb) to deliver, to hand over.

entretanto: (adv) meanwhile.

enviar: (vb) to send.

esa, ésa: (demonstrative articles): that one.

escribir: (vb) to write.

escrito: (n) written, writ.

escritorio: (n) desk.

escuchar: (vb) to listen, to hear. The difference between oir [to hear], and escuchar [to listen]is not as strong as in English. Both words mean almost the same, and are used as synonims.

escuela: (n) school.

ese, ése: (demonstrative art) that one (masc).

eso: (demonstrative art) that (neut).

espalda: (n) shoulder, the back.

español: (adj) Spaniard, Spanish.

esparrago: (n) asparagus.

espejo: (n) mirror.

esposa: (n) wife.

esposo: (n) husband.

esquina: (n) corner.

ésta, ésto, éste: (demonstrative art) this one (masc).

estación: (n) station, season.

estado: (n) State, state or condition.

estar: (vb) to be.

este: (n) east.

este, esta, estos, estas: (demonstrative pron and adjectives) these, these ones.

esto: (demonstrative adj) this (neutral).

estrecho: (adj) narrow.

estrella: (n) star.

estudiar: (vb) to study.

estudio: (n) study, studio.

excelente: (adj) excellent.

explicar: (vb) to explain.

extrañarse: (vb) to be surprised at.

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fabrica: (n) factory.

facil: (adv) easy.

falda: (n) skirt.

falta: (n) fault, lack.

faltar: (vb) to lack.

familia: (n) family.

favor: (n) favour.

febrero: (n) February.

fecha: (n) date (as in calendar date).

feliz: (adj) happy.

feo: (adj) ugly.

fino: (adj) fine (as in good quality).

flor: (n) flower.

formar: (vb) to form.

frase: (n) phrase.

frente: (n) front.

fresco: (adj) fresh, cool.

frio: (adj) cold.

frito: (adj) fried.

fruta: (n) fruit.

fuera: (adv) outside, out (op dentro = inside).

fuerte: (adj) strong.

fuerza: (n) strength.

fumar: (vb) to smoke.

futuro: (n) future.

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ganar: (vb) to gain.

gasolina: (n) petrol, gasoline.

gastar: (vb) to spend, to waste, to wear.

general: (adj) general.

generalmente: (adv) generally.

género: (n) gender.

gente: (n) people, peoples.

gordo: (adj) fat.

gorda: (adj) fat (female).

gorra: (n) cap (as in a baseball cap).

gozar: (vb) to enjoy.

gracia: (n) grace, wit.

gran: used instead of grande before a noung, great.

grande: (adj) big, large, great (op. pequeño = small).

guante: (n) glove.

guardar: (vb) to put away, to keep, to store, to guard.

guerra: (n) war.

guisante: (n) pea.

gustar: (vb) to like. This is a highly reflexive verb in Spanish.

gusto: (n) taste, pallate, pleasure.

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Remember: the letter H is silent most times, unless preceded by c (as in ch).

haber: (vb) to have; it is also used as an auxiliary with other verbs.

habichuela: (n) bean, but this is a very Spaniard way of saying it. In Latin America you say frijol .

habitacion: (n) room.

hablar: (vb) to speak.

hacer: (vb) to make, to do.

hacia: (prep). toward.

hallar: (vb) to find (perder = to lose something).

hambre: (n) hunger. In Spanish you have hunger, you are not hungry. Get it? Like this ¡tengo hambre! .

hasta: (prep) as far as, up to, until.

hay: (this is one form of the verb haber ).

hecho: (n) fact, event, deed; made, done.

helado: (adj) cold; ice cream.

hermano: (n) brother.

hermoso: (adj) beautiful, handsome; but in some countries this word is also used as a euphimism for big or fat.

hijo/hija: (n) son, daughter, respectively.

historia: (n) history.

hombre: (n) man. Also used as mankind.

hora: (n) hour.

hotel: (n) hotel.

hoy: (adv) today.

huevo: (n) egg.

huir: (vb) to flee, to run away.

humano: (adj) human; un ser humano = a human being.

humedad: (n) humidity.

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ida: (n) going, trip.

idea: (n) idea.

idioma: (n) language.

iglesia: (n) church.

igual: (adj) same, similar, equal.

impermeable: (n) raincoat, waterproof.

importante: (adj) important.

importar: (vb) to import.

imposible: (adv) impossible.

indicar: (vb) to indicate, to show.

insistir: (vb) to insist on.

instante: (n) instant, moment, a short time interval.

inteligente: (adj) intelligent.

intencion: (n) intention.

interezante: (adj) interesting.

inutil: (adj) useless.

invierno: (n) winter.


: (vb) to invite.


: (vb) to go.

izquierdo, izquierda: (adj) left.

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jabon: (n) soap.

jamas: (adv) never, not ever.

jamon: (n) ham.

jardin: (n) garden.

joven: (adj) young.

juego: (n) game.

jueves: (n) Thursday.

jugar: (vb) to play, to frolic.

jugo: (n) juice.

julio: (n) July.

junio: (n) June.

junto: (adj) together.

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Kilo: (n) Kilogram.

kilometro: (n) Kilometer.

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la: (art) The (fem).

labio, labios: (n) lip, lips.

lado: (n) side.

lámpara: (n) lamp, torch.

lana: (n) wool.

lápiz: (n) pencil.

largo: (adj) long.

las: (art) the (pl fem).

lastima: (n) pity.

lavar: (vb) to wash.

le: (pers pron) him, you.

leccion: (n) lesson.

leche: (n) milk.

lechuga: (n) lettuce.

leer: (vb) to read.

legumbre: (n) vegetable. You can also say vegetal .

lejos: (adv) far, far off, far away (op. cerca = close to).

lengua: (n) tongue, language.

les: (pers pron)them, you; to (for, from) them.

letra: (n) letter (of the alphabet).

levantar: (vb) to raise, to lift, to get up.

libre: (adj) free, vacant.

libro: (n) book.

ligero: (adj) lite.

limpiar: (vb) to clean.

limpio: (adj) clean.

lista: (n) list. (also "ready" for a ready female).

listo: (adj) ready; in some countries it also means "smart".

lo: (def art neut).

lodo: (n) mud.

lograr: (vb) to achieve, to acomlish, to succeed.

los: (def art neut pl).

luces: (n) lights.

luego: (adv) soon.

lugar: (n) place.

luna: (n) moon.

lunes: (n) Monday.

luz: (n) light.

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llamar: (vb) to call.

llave: (n) key.

llegada: (n) arrival.

llegar: (vb) to arrive, to come.

llenar: (vb) to fill up.

lleno: (adv) full.

llevar: (vb) to bring, to bring along.

llorar: (vb) to cry.

lluvia: (vb) to rain.

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madera: (n) wood.

madre: (n) mother.

maestro: (n) teacher.

mal: (adj) bad; (n) el mal = evil.

maleta: (n) bag, luggage.

malo: (adj) bad, evil.

mandar: (vb) to send

manera: (n) manner, de esta manera = [do it] this way.

mano: (n) hand.

mantequilla: (n) butter.

manzana: (n) apple.

mañana: (n) morning or tomorrow (depending on the context. Eg Mañana por la mañana = tomorrow morning).

mapa: (n)map.

mar: (n) sea.

maravilloso: (adj) wonderful.

marchar: (vb) to march.

marido: (n) spouse, husband.

martes: (n) Tuesday.

marzo: (n) March.

más: (adv) More.

matar: (vb) to kill.

mayo: (n) May (as in the month).

mayor: (n) alcalde.

me: (pron) to me.

media: (n) stocking.

medianoche: (n) midnight.

medicina: (n) medicine.

médico: (n) medic, doctor, physician.

medio: (n) mid.

mediodia: (n) midday.

mejor: (adv) better.

memoria: (n) memory.

menor: (n) minor.

menudo: (adj) small; muy a menudo = very often.

mes: (n) month.

mesa: (n) table.

meter: (vb) to put something in.

mi: (pron) my.

miedo: (n) fear.

mientras: (adv) while, meanwhile.

miercoles: (n) Wednesday.

mil: (n) thousand.

millon: (n) million.

minuto: (n) minute.

miacute;o: (adv poss) mine.

mirar: (n) to stare, to view, to see.

mismo: (n) same, itself.

mitad: (adv) half.

modo: (n) mode.

molestar: (vb) to bother.

momento: (n) moment.

montaña: (n) mountain.

moreno: (adj) dark skinned, brunette (for a girl).

morir: (vb) to die.

motivo: (n) motive.

mover: (vb) to move.

mozo: (n) servant.

muchacho: (n) boy, young man.

mucho: (adv) much, very.

muerte: (n) death.

muerto: (n) dead man, corpse.

mujer: (n) woman.

mundo: (n) world.

musica: (n) music.

muy: (adj) very.

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nacer: (vb) to be born.

nada: (n) nothing.

nadie: (n) nobody.

naranja: (n) orange.

nariz: (n) nose.

natural: (adj) natural.

navaja: (n) blade, knife.

necesario: (adj) necessary.

necesitar: (vb) to need.

negar: (vb) to deny, to negate.

negocio: (n) business.

negro: (adj) black.

ni: (prep) nor.

niebla: (n) fog.

nieto: (n) grandson.

nieve: (n) snow.

ningun: (n) none.

ninguno: (n) none.

niña: (n) girl.

niño: (n) boy.

no: (n) no.

noche: (n) night.

nombre: (n) name.

norte: (n) heavy wind; (adv) north.

nosotros: (pron) we, us.

noticia: (n) news.

novecientos: nine hundred (900).

noventa: ninety (90).

noviembre: (n) November.

nublado: (adj) foggy.

nuestro: (adj poss) our, ours.

nueve: nine (9).

nuevo: (adj) new.

número: (n) number.

nunca: (adv) never.

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objeto: (n) object.

obra: (n) work; obra de arte = masterpiece; mano de obra = labour force.

octubre: (n) October.

ocupado: (adj) busy.

ocupar: (vb) to occupy.

ochenta: eighty (80).

ocho: eight (8).

oeste: (adv) west.

oficina: (n) office.

ofrecer: (vb) verb.

oido: (n) ear.

oir: (vb) to hear.

ojalá: god willing, hopefully.

ojo: (n) eye.

oler: (vb) to sniff, to smell.

olor: (n) smell.

olvidar: (vb) to forget.

once: eleven (11).

opinion: (n) opinion.

oponerse: (vb) to oppose.

oportunidad: (n) opportunity.

orden: (n) order.

oreja: (n) ear (the outer part, including the ear lobe).

oro: (n) gold.

otoño: (n) fall, autumm.

otro: (n) another.

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padre: (n) father.

pagar: (vb) to pay.

pagina: (n) page.

pajaro: (n) bird.

palabra: (n) word.

pan: (n) bread.

pantalon: (n) trousers.

pañuelo: (n) handkerchief

papa: (n) potato.

papá: (n) dad.

papel: (n) paper.

paquete: (n) parcel.

par: (n) pair.

para: (prep) for.

parada: (n) bus stop.

paraguas: (n) umbrella.

parar: (vb) to stop.

parecer: (vb) to seem, to look like.

pariente: (n) relative (as in uncle, aunty, cousin, etc).

parque: (n) park.

parrilla: (n) grill, rack.

parte: (n) part, report (military term).

pasado: (n) past, (adj) last (eg. el jueves pasado = last Thursday)

pasajero: (n) passenger.

pasar: (vb) to go through, to pass through.

pasear: (vb) to stroll.

paseo: (n) outing.

paso: (n) step.

pasta: (n) pasta, paste.

patata: (n) potato, spud.

pecho: (n) breast.

pedazo: (n) piece of....

pedir: (vb) to ask for something, to beg.

pegar: (vb) to glue something onto something; to hit something or someone.

peinarse: (vb) to comb oneself.

peine: (n) comb.

pelicula: (n) film, movie.

peligro: (n) danger.

pelo: (n) hair (mainly body hair, or animal fur. Human hair on the head is called cabello.

pena: (n) shame, pity or penalty (depending on the context).

pensar: (vb) to think.

peor: (adv) worse, worst.

pequeño: (adj) small, little.

pera: (n) pear.

perder: (vb) to lose.

pérdida: (n) loss.

perdón: (n) forgiveness.

perdonar: (vb) to forgiv.

periódico: (n) newspaper.

permitir: (vb) to allow.

pero: (prep) but.

persona: (n) person.

pesar: (vb) to weigh in; to weigh; (n) sorrow.

pescado: (n) fish (raw); an alive fish is called pez.

peseta: (n) Spain's currency before the Euro. $0.25 in El Salvador before the US Dollar became its currency. Now it is called Cora, which is a degeneration of "quarter", as in USD 0.25.

peso: (n)weight; Mexican and Philippine currency.

pie: (n) foot.

pierna: (n) leg.

piso: (n) floor.

placer: (n) pleasure.

planta: (n) plant.

plata: (n) silver.

plato: (n) plate.

playa: (n) beach.

plaza: (n) square (as in Time Square), park, market place.

pluma: (n) feather; it also means fountain pen. It used to mean "pen", but this term is no longer used since the arrival of the ball pen.

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pobre: (adj) poor.

poco: (adj) a little.

poder: (n) power.

polvo: (n) dust.

pollo: (n) chicken, chick.

poner: (n) to put.

por: (prep) for, by.

porque: because.

posible: (adj) possible.

postre: (n) dessert.

precio: (n) price.

preciso: (adj) precise.

preferir: (vb) to prefer.

pregunta: (n) question.

preguntar: (vb) to ask.

preparar: (vb) to prepare.

presentar: (vb) to present, to show.

presente: (n) present (now).

presidente: (n) president.

prestar: (vb) to lend; pedir prestado = to borrow.

primavera: (n) spring.

primer: (adj) first.

primero: (adj) first.

principal: (adj) principal, main.

principio: (n) principle.

prisa: (n) rush.

probar: (vb) to try something (on/out).

profesor: (n) professor, teacher.

prohibir: (vb) to prohibit, to forbid.

prometer: (vb) to promise.

pronto: (adv) soon.

pronunciar: (vb) to pronounce.

propina: (n) tip (as in tipping a waiter).

proposito: (n) purpose.

proximo: (adj) next.

proyecto: (n) project.

publico: (adj) public.

pudiera: (vb) could.

pueblo: (n) people, town.

puerta: (n) door.

pues: (prep) well, so, then.

puesto: (n) place; (vb) placed.

punto: (n) point, dot.

puro: (adj) pure.

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que: what, that, which, whose.

qué?: what?

quedar: (vb) to remain, to be left.

quejarse: (vb) to complain.

querer: (vb) to love, to wish, to want.

querido: (adj) dear, beloved.

queso: (n) cheese.

quien: (rel pron used only of person) who, whom, he/she who; anyone who.

quién?: Who?

quince: fifteen (15).

quinientos: five hundred (500)

quinto: fifth (5th).

quisiera: (vb) I wish.

quitar: (vb) to take away, to take off, to remove.

quizás, quizá: perhaps, maybe.

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radio: (n) radio.

rapido: (adv) quickly; (adj) swift, fast.

raro: (adj) rare, odd, strange, curious.

rato: a while, a short time.

razón: (n) reason (it also means message in certain contexts).

recado: (n) message.

recibir: (vb) to receive.

reciente: (adj) recent.

recoger: (vb) to collect, to pick up, to gather.

recomendar: (vb) to recommend.

recordar: (vb) to remember.

recuerdo: (vb) souvenir, remembereance, recollection, memento.

regalar: (vb) to give away.

regalo: (n) a present.

reir: (vb) to laugh.

reloj: (n) a watch.

repente (de repente): (adv) suddenly, all of a sudden.

repetir: (vb) to repeat.

resolver: (vb) to resolve.

respeto: (n) respect.

respetar: (vb) to respect.

respecto: (prep) in regard to.

respirar: (vb) to breath.

responder: (vb) to respond.

respuesta: (n) answer.

restaurante: (n) restaurant.

resuelto: (adj) resolved.

resultado: (n) result.

revista: (n) magazine.

rico: (adj) rich, wealthy; delicious.

rincon: (n) corner (inside corner).

rio: (n) river.

rojo (adj) red.

romper: (vb) to break or tear open.

ropa: (n) clothing, clothes.

roto: (adj) broken, torn.

rubio: (adj) blond.

ruido: (n) noise.

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sabado: (n) Saturday.

saber: (vb) to know.

sacar: (vb) to pull out, to take out.

saco: (n) sack, bag, coat.

sal: (n) salt.

sala: (n) living room.

salida: (n) exit.

salir: (vb) to exit.

saludar: (vb) to greet.

saludo: (n) greeting.

san: (n) abreviation of the word "santo" (saint). Eg. San Ramon.

sangre: (n) blood.


: (vb) I know.

secar: (vb) to dry.

seco: (adj) dry.

secretaria: (n) secretary.

sed: (n) thrist.

seda: (n) silk.

[en] seguida: (exp) At once.

seguir: (vb) to follow.

segun: according to.

seguramente: (adv) surely.

segundo: (adj) second.

seguro: (adj) safe.

seis: (n) six.

sello: (n) seal.

semana: (n) week.

semejante: (n) fellow human being, neighbour (in the biblical sense); (adj) such (eg. Semejante idiota! = such an idiot!).

sentar: (vb) to seat. This is a reflexive verb.

sentido: (n) sense.

sentir: (vb) to feel.

señal: (n) sign, signal.

señalar: (vb) to point at something.

señor: (title) Mr, Sir.

señora: (title) Mrs, Madam.

señorita: (title) Miss.

septiembre: (n) September.

septimo: (adj) Seventh.

ser: (vb) to be.

serio: (adj) serious.

servilleta: (n) napkin, servillet.

servir: (vb) to serve.

sesenta: (n) sixty.

setecientos: (n) seven hundred.

setenta: (n) seventy.

sexto: (adj) sixth.

si: (prep) if.

: (n) yes.

siempre: (adv) always.

siete: (n) seven.

significar: (vb) to mean.

siguiente: (adj) following, as in " the following week... "

silla: (n) chair.

simpatico: (adj) charming, likable.

sin: (prep) without.

sino [que]: (prep) but, as in eso no es de una rana, sino que un sapo = That's not a frog, but a toad.

siquiera: at least.

sitio: (n) site, place.

sobre: (prep) over.

sobretodo: (n) over coat.

sobrino: (n) nephew.

sol: (n) sun.

solamente: (adv) only, just: Solamente una vez amé en la vida = I only loved once in my life (that's a line of a famous song in Spanish, by the way).

soler: (vb) to be customary (eg. Yo solí ir a jugar naipes todas las noches [hasta que se casó = I used to go to play cards every night [till he got married!].

solo: (adv) only, alone.

soltero: (adj) single.

sombrero: (n) hat.

sonar: (vb) to make a sound, to sound.

soñar: (vb) to dream.

sopa: (n) soup.

sorprender: (n) to surprice.

soya: (n) soya.

su: (possesive pron) your, his, hers.

subir: (vb) to climb.

suceder: (vb) to happen.

sucio: (adj) dirty.

sud: (adj) southern.

suelo: (n) ground.

sueño: (n) a dream, to feel sleepy.

suerte: (n) luck.

sueter: (n) sweater.

sufrir: (vb) to suffer.

sufrimiento: (n) suffering.

suponer: (vb) to suppose.

supuesto: (adj) supposed.

sur: (n) south, southern.

suyo, suya: (poss pron), yours (polite), his, hers.

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tal: (adj) such.

: (prep) also.

tampoco: neither.

tan: as (as in "Jim is as tall as John")

tanto: so much (eg. Tengo tanto dinero como t&acuteu; i.e. I've got as much money as you).

tardar: (vb) to delay, to be late.

tarde: (adj) late, (n) afternoon.

taza: (n) cup.

teatro: (n) theatre.

telefonear: (vb) to call by phone.

teléfono: (n) telephone.

televisi&acuteo;n: TV.

temer: (vb) to fear.

temprano: (adj) early.

tenedor: (n) fork.

tener: (vb) to have, to hold something.

tercero: (adj) third.

terminar: (vb) to finish.

tiempo: (n) time.

tienda: (n) shop, store.

tierra: (n) land, Earth (e.g. el planeta Tierra.

tio: (n) uncle.

tirar: (vb) to throw something away, or to throw something to someone or something.

toalla: (n) towel.

tocar: (vb) to touch.

tocino: (n) bacon.

todavia: (prep) yet, still.

todo: all.

tomar: (vb) to take, to drink.

tomate: (n) tomato.

toronja: (n) grape fruit.

tostado: (adj) toasted.

toastada: (n) toast.

trabajar: (vb) to work, to function well.

traer: (vb) to bring.

traje: (n) noun.

tratar: (vb) to treat.

travez (a travez): (prep) through.

trece: (n) thirteen.

treinta: (n) thirty.

tren: (n) train.

tres: (n) three.

triste: (adj) sad.

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último (adj) last.

un, una, unos, unas (art) a, an, some.

único (adj) unique, the only one, the one and only.

uno (n) one.

uউa (n) finger/toe nail.

usar (vb) to use.

usted (pron) formal word for "you".

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vacaci&acuteo;n: (n) vacation.

valer: (vb) to cost, to be worth.

vapor: (n) steam, vapour.

varios: (adj) several.

vaso: (n) glass.

veces: (n) times (as in "how many times").

vecino: (n) neighbour.

veinte: (n) twenty.

vencer: (vb) to defeat.

venceremos: (vb) we'll be victorious.

vender: (vb) to sell.

venir: (vb) to come.

ventana: (n) window.

ver: (vb) to see.

verano: (n) summer.

veras: (adj) truthfull.

verdad: (n) truth.

verdadero: (adj) true, the real one.

verde: (adj) green.

verguenza: (n) shame.

vestido: (n) dress.

vestir: (vb) to dress.

ves: you see.

vez: (n) time (as in "once upon a time&quot).

viajar: (vb) to travel.

viaje: (n) trip.

vida: (n) life.

viejo: (adj) old.

viento: (n) wind.

viernes: (n) Friday.

vino: (n) wine.

visitar: (vb) to visit.

vista: (n) view.

visto: (vb) seen.

vivir: (vb) to live.

volar:(vb) to fly.

vos: (pron) another form of "you".

voz: (n) voice.

vuelo: (n) flight.

vuelta: (n) turn.

vuelto: (n) change (as in money).

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Spanish to English Dictionary: - W -

Most of the words in Spanish starting with "W" are of English or Germanic origin. My monster dictionary does not even contain 1 full page of these words.

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Spanish to English Dictionary: - X -

You'll probably struggle to come across words in Spanish starting with "X", as they are used in scientific jargon, and are mostly from Greek origin.

Comprehensive Spanish dictionaries hardly have 2 full pages or so of words starting with "X".

Xilófono (el): = Xilophone

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Spanish to English Dictionary: - Y -

y: (prep) and.

ya: (adv) now.

: (pron) I.

yema: (n) yolk.

yo: (pron) I.

yo-yo: (n) yo-yo.

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Spanish to English Dictionary: - Z -

zapato: (n) shoe.

zorro: (n) fox.

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I hope you've found this Spanish to English dictionary useful.

I'll be adding more words every now and then.


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