verbo transitivo/transitive verb
- 1 1.1 [dinero/ayuda] to ask for pidieron un préstamo al banco they asked the bank for a loan pidió permiso para salir she asked permission to leave me pidió consejo he asked my advice, he asked me for advice pide limosna a la puerta de la iglesia he begs (for money) at the church door préstamelo, te lo pido por favor please lend it to me si no me lo pides por favor no te lo doy I won't give it to you unless you say please o/or unless you ask nicely pedir algo prestado ver prestado nadie te ha pedido (tu) opinión nobody asked (for) your opinion me pidió disculpas or perdón por lo que había hecho he apologized for what he had done pídele perdón a tu padre apologize to o/or say you're sorry to your father ¿quién eres tú para venir a pedirme cuentas or explicaciones? who do you think you are, asking me to justify my actions? pedir hora to make an appointment pedir la palabra to ask for permission to speak pide cuatro años de cárcel para los acusados he is asking for a four-year sentence for the accused es un sitio donde se come barato y bien, no se puede pedir más it's the sort of place where you can eat cheaply and well, what more could you ask for? o/or it's ideal está haciendo todo lo posible, no se le puede pedir más she's doing all she can, you can't ask for more than that o/or that's all you can askpedir
que+ subjuntivo/subjunctiveme pidió que le comprara el periódico he asked me to buy him the newspaper pidió que lo trasladaran he asked to be transferred boca 1.2 (en un bar, restaurante) to order pedimos pescado de segundo we ordered fish for our second course pide la cuenta y nos vamos ask for o/or get the check (inglés norteamericano/American English) o/or (inglés británico/British English) bill and we can go
- 2 [Comercio/Business] 2.1 (como precio) pedir algo
poralgo to ask sth forsth ¿cuánto pide por la casa? how much is she asking for the house? 2.2 [mercancías] to order
- 3 (para casarse) pedir a una mujer en matrimonio to ask for a woman's hand in marriage [formal] le pedí la mano de su hija I asked for his daughter's hand in marriage [formal], I asked to marry his daughter vino a pedir a mi hermana he came to ask if he could marry my sister
- 4 (requerir) to need este pescado pide un buen vino blanco this fish needs a good white wine to go with it, this fish would go well with a good white wine ese vestido pide unos zapatos más altos that dress needs shoes with a higher heel está pidiendo una bofetada she's asking for a slap esta planta está pidiendo a gritos que la rieguen this plant is crying out to be watered
verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb
- 1.1 (mendigar) to beg pide a la puerta de la iglesia he begs at the church door 1.2 (en un bar, restaurante) to order 1.3 (para tener algo) (América Latina/Latin America) to ask pidió para salir temprano he asked if he could go early o/or he asked permission to go early estos niños solo saben pedir these chidren are very demanding o/or do nothing but make demands
verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (pedirse)
- [lenguaje infantil/child language] to have dibs on (inglés norteamericano/American English) [familiar/colloquial], , to bags (inglés británico/British English) [familiar/colloquial] me pido la cama de arriba I have dibs on the top bunk, I bags the top bunk
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.