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Pronunciation: /ded/

Translation of dead in Spanish:


  • 1 (no longer alive) [person/animal/plant] muerto 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, ingresó cadáver (Spain/España) to drop dead caerse* muerto drop dead! ¡vete al demonio or al diablo! to shoot/strike sb dead matar a algn 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 o doornail requetemuerto [colloquial/familiar] dead and buried long after I'm dead and buried mucho después de que esté muerto y enterrado or de que esté bajo tierra dead and gone all 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 o caught dead [colloquial/familiar] I wouldn't be seen o 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/generalmente predicativo) dormido my feet have gone dead with the cold se me han dormido los pies del frío 2.2 (unresponsive) to be dead to sth 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/literario]
    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.
    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.
  • 4 4.1 (obsolete) [language] muerto; [custom] en desuso a dead metaphor una metáfora lexicalizada 4.2 (past, finished with) [issue] pasado 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/familiar] is this glass/bottle dead? ¿ha terminado ya con el vaso/la botella?
    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.
    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.
  • 5 5.1 (not functioning) [wire/circuit] desconectado; [telephone] desconectado, cortado; [battery] descargado the line suddenly went dead de repente se cortó (la comunicación) 5.2 (not alight) [fire/coals/match] apagado
    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) [town/hotel/party] muerto the dead season la temporada baja in the dead hours of the night a altas horas de la noche or de la madrugada
    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.
    5.4 [Finance] [capital/money] muerto, improductivo
    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/Deporte] [ball] muerto
    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.
    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.
  • 6 6.1 (as intensifier/como palabra enfática) 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 English/inglés británico) [slang/argot] si nos agarran estamos fritos [colloquial/familiar], como nos cojan nos la cargamos (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] 6.2 (exact) to be on a dead level with sth estar* exactamente al mismo nivel que algo


  • 1 1.1 (exactly) justo dead on target justo en el blanco she was dead on time (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) llegó puntualísima 1.2 (directly) justo, directamente dead ahead justo delante 1.3 (suddenly) to stop dead parar en seco he stopped the ball dead paró la pelota en seco
  • 2 2.1 (absolutely) [colloquial/familiar] [straight/level] completamente dead slow lentísimo dead drunk completamente borracho, como una cuba [colloquial/familiar] dead tired muerto (de cansancio) [colloquial/familiar], cansadísimo I'm dead broke estoy pelado [colloquial/familiar] you're dead right tienes toda la razón you're dead wrong estás muy equivocado to be dead certain o sure estar* totalmente seguro to be dead beat estar* hecho polvo [colloquial/familiar] 2.2 (as intensifier/como palabra enfática) [slang/argot] it was dead easy estuvo regalado or tirado [colloquial/familiar] I'm dead bored estoy aburridísimo or muerto de aburrimiento


  • 1 (+ plural verb/+ verbo en plural) 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/familiar]
  • 2 (depth) in the o (in British English also/en inglés británico también) 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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