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American English: /dɛd/
British English: /dɛd/

Translation of dead in Spanish:


  • 1 (no longer alive)
    he's dead
    está muerto
    she has been dead for 50 years
    hace 50 años que murió
    dead body
    cadáver (masculine)
    cuerpo (masculine) sin vida
    he was dead on arrival at the hospital
    cuando llegó al hospital ya había muerto
    to drop dead
    caerse muerto
    drop dead!
    ¡vete al demonio or al diablo!
    to shoot/strike somebody dead
    matar a alguien a tiros/a golpes
    wanted, dead or alive
    se busca: vivo o muerto
    more dead than alive
    más muerta que viva
    as dead as a dodo or doornail
    requetemuerto [colloquial]
    dead and buriedlong after I'm dead and buried
    mucho después de que esté muerto y enterrado or de que esté bajo tierra
    dead and goneall this will be yours when I'm dead and gone
    todo esto será tuyo cuando yo me muera
    dead men tell no tales
    los muertos no hablan
    not to be seen or caught dead [colloquial]I wouldn't be seen or caught dead in that hat
    yo no me pondría ese sombrero ni muerta or ni loca
    body 1 3
    Example sentences
    • The driver didn't know whether the person he hit was dead or alive.
    • We waited what seemed an eternity not knowing if she would come back dead or alive.
    • An ambulance was called but the boy was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
  • 2 2.1 (numb) (usually predicative) my feet have gone dead with the cold
    se me han dormido los pies del frío
    Example sentences
    • She said that her left leg had gone dead and that she had fallen out of bed.
    • Have you ever woken up with a dead arm?
    • His foot is dead and they need to operate immediately to save what's left of his leg.
    2.2 (unresponsive)to be dead to something
    ser sordo a algo
    she remained dead to my pleas
    permaneció sorda a mis súplicas
    he remained dead to pity
    nada lo movía a compasión [literary]
    Example sentences
    • The grin was gone, and his voice had gone so emotionally dead that it was almost frightening.
    • When a woman's voice from a car alongside him calls his name, his face is emotionless, blank, dead.
    • A person who has always been truly alone is one who will be emotionally dead.
  • 3 (very tired, ill) [colloquial]
    muerto [colloquial]
    I'm absolutely dead
    ¡estoy muerto! [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • There was about half a minute of total dead silence before she could manage any words.
    • Since disaster struck the students have been making frantic phone calls only to be greeted by dead silence.
    • And if you can hold eight hundred people in dead silence and hear a pin drop you know something's going right.
  • 4 4.1 (obsolete)
    en desuso
    a dead metaphor
    una metáfora lexicalizada
    Example sentences
    • He thought that it was a dead issue, he had dealt with that.
    • Now that the Eastern Corridor is a dead issue, dramatic action needs to be taken to address the transport woes in the region.
    • In any case, unless there's some clear photo from tonight, I think this issue may be dead.
    4.2 (past, finished with)
    the matter is dead and buried
    el asunto ya está enterrado, a lo pasado, pisado
    Example sentences
    • After being served our desert we had to call a waiter to clear all the dead glasses away.
    • The place is covered in empty pizza boxes, dead bottles of booze and cigarette butts.
    4.3 (in bar, restaurant) [colloquial]is this glass/bottle dead?
    ¿ha terminado ya con el vaso/la botella?
    Example sentences
    • But you can always count on some activity even mid week where other places are dead.
    • Turned out the place was dead, hardly worth turning up for.
    • Got sent home early since the place was dead, a nice change to actually get the last bus.
  • 5 5.1 (not functioning)
    the line suddenly went dead
    de repente se cortó (la comunicación)
    Example sentences
    • Before Kat could respond, the line went dead and the faint beeping of the phone began to bother her.
    • The television was dead and would not respond at all.
    • Don't sign any software agreement until you have read the fine print carefully, otherwise you could one day find yourself with a very dead computer.
    Example sentences
    • You can create closed loops and boxes without short circuits by using dead connectors.
    • Moving the crossbeam was the most desirable option, and the power lines appeared dead.
    • I came back last week from a spell in Istanbul to discover that the power in my flat was dead.
    5.2 (not alight)
    Example sentences
    • Jim stepped away from the cold embers of the dead fire and walked into the jungle.
    • But the next day, the fire was dead. With no one to feed it, it went out while men were sleeping.
    • When she arrived at his house he wasn't there - the fire in the hearth was dead and he'd gone off into the bush.
    5.3 (quiet, not busy)
    the dead season
    la temporada baja
    in the dead hours of the night
    a altas horas de la noche or de la madrugada
    5.4 (Finance)
    Example sentences
    • Many economists regard defence outlays as dead money, money that produces nothing of measurable value.
    • Renting in Swindon is quite expensive and it's dead money really but I'd rather compromise on that and see the world instead.
    • Start a pension scheme and try to get on the property ladder as quickly as possible, as rent is dead money.
    5.5 (Sport)
    Example sentences
    • If an umpire is struck by a batted ball in that position, the ball is dead.
    • Keep in mind that on such plays the ball is not dead and the batter-runner may try for four bases at his own risk if he chooses.
    • But a decision about an actual goal being scored when the ball is dead ought to be checked if there is any doubt in the ref's mind or even if there's not.
    Example sentences
    • I'm not criticising anyone but it's just a dead surface and there's no response from it.
    • But after last night's rain I knew the ground would be on the dead side and if he didn't fall he'd have a chance.
    • He demonstrated that even on dead pitches a degree of aggression can bring dividends.
  • 6 6.1 (as intensifier) in dead silence
    en un silencio absoluto or total
    he collapsed in a dead faint
    se desplomó totalmente inconsciente
    to come to a dead halt/stop
    parar en seco
    she's in dead earnest
    lo dice muy en serio
    we're in dead trouble if they catch us (British) [slang]
    si nos agarran estamos fritos [colloquial]
    como nos cojan nos la cargamos (Spain) [colloquial]
    6.2 (exact) to be on a dead level with something
    estar exactamente al mismo nivel que algo


  • 1 1.1 (exactly) dead on target
    justo en el blanco
    she was dead on time (esp British)
    llegó puntualísima
    Example sentences
    • I promise I will fire at least twelve shots, and that at least nine will be dead on target.
    • Many DJ's finish dead on midnight, we on the other hand continue to play if the night is still swinging.
    • We got there at dead on 6: 30, and there were plenty of people who arrived even later.
    1.2 (directly) dead ahead
    justo delante
    Example sentences
    • She spotted the Lich Tower dead ahead, and figured it had to be just another mile's walk.
    • One lay dead ahead in a section all by itself, and she guessed that it probably belonged to Cal.
    • There was a ninety-degree turn to the left, and a street sign dead ahead.
    1.3 (suddenly) to stop dead
    parar en seco
    he stopped the ball dead
    paró la pelota en seco
  • 2 2.1 (absolutely) [colloquial]
    dead slow
    dead drunk
    completamente borracho
    como una cuba [colloquial]
    dead tired
    muerto (de cansancio) [colloquial]
    I'm dead broke
    estoy pelado [colloquial]
    you're dead right
    tienes toda la razón
    you're dead wrong
    estás muy equivocado
    to be dead certain or sure
    estar totalmente seguro
    to be dead beat
    estar hecho polvo [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • John's description of it is both unusually amusing and absolutely dead accurate.
    • Businessman John Walker is dead certain his funeral will go to plan.
    • I am dead certain we have the talent needed for winning in the Olympic games.
    Example sentences
    • It's been a dead easy week, radio-wise - just like having your own PR company working for you.
    • And the story of her and Bob at the VW Bus weekend was dead funny too, especially when she acted out the parts of some of the people she met!
    • It sounds dead good and I fancy having a go.
    2.2 (as intensifier) [slang]it was dead easy
    estuvo regalado or tirado [colloquial]
    I'm dead bored
    estoy aburridísimo or muerto de aburrimiento


  • 1 (+ plural verb) the dead
    los muertos
    to rise from the dead
    resucitar de entre los muertos
    they were screaming fit to wake the dead
    chillaban a grito pelado [colloquial]
  • 2 (depth) in the or (British also) at dead of night
    a altas horas de la noche or de la madrugada
    in the dead of winter
    en lo más crudo del invierno
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