Translation of dead in Spanish:
- 1 (no longer alive)(person/animal/plant)he's dead
muertoestá muertoshe has been dead for 50 yearshace 50 años que muriódead bodycadáver (masculine)he was dead on arrival at the hospital
cuerpo (masculine) sin vidacuando llegó al hospital ya había muertoto drop deadcaerse muertodrop dead!¡vete al demonio or al diablo!to shoot/strike somebody deadmatar a alguien a tiros/a golpeswanted, dead or alivese busca: vivo o muertomore dead than alivemás muerta que vivaas dead as a dodo or doornailrequetemuerto [colloquial]dead and buriedlong after I'm dead and buriedmucho después de que esté muerto y enterrado or de que esté bajo tierradead and goneall this will be yours when I'm dead and gonetodo esto será tuyo cuando yo me mueradead men tell no taleslos muertos no hablannot to be seen or caught dead [colloquial]I wouldn't be seen or caught dead in that hatyo no me pondría ese sombrero ni muerta or ni loca→ body 1 3Example 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 coldse me han dormido los pies del fríoExample sentences2.2 (unresponsive)to be dead
- 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.
tosomethingser sordoshe remained dead to my pleas aalgopermaneció sorda a mis súplicashe remained dead to pitynada 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)(language)
muerto(custom)a dead metaphor
en desusouna metáfora lexicalizadaExample sentences4.2 (past, finished with)
(issue)the matter is dead and buried
- 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.
pasadoel asunto ya está enterrado, a lo pasado, pisadoExample sentences4.3 (in bar, restaurant) [colloquial]is this glass/bottle dead?
¿ha terminado ya con el vaso/la botella?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.
- 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)(wire/circuit)
cortado(battery)the line suddenly went dead
descargadode repente se cortó (la comunicación)Example sentences
Example sentences5.2 (not alight)
- 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.
- 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.
apagadoExample sentences5.3 (quiet, not busy)
(town/hotel/party)the dead season
- 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.
muertola temporada bajain the dead hours of the nighta altas horas de la noche or de la madrugada5.4 (Finance)Example sentences5.5 (Sport)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 silenceen un silencio absoluto or totalhe collapsed in a dead faintse desplomó totalmente inconscienteto come to a dead halt/stopparar en secoshe's in dead earnestlo dice muy en seriowe'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 somethingestar exactamente al mismo nivel que algo
- 1 1.1 (exactly) dead on targetjusto en el blancoshe was dead on time (esp British)llegó puntualísimaExample sentences1.2 (directly) dead ahead
justo delanteExample sentences1.3 (suddenly) to stop dead
- 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.
parar en secohe stopped the ball deadparó la pelota en seco
- 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.
- 2 2.1 (absolutely) [colloquial](straight/level)dead slow
completamentelentísimodead drunkcompletamente borrachocomo una cuba [colloquial]dead tiredmuerto (de cansancio) [colloquial]cansadísimoI'm dead brokeestoy pelado [colloquial]you're dead righttienes toda la razónyou're dead wrongestás muy equivocadoto be dead certain or sureestar totalmente seguroto be dead beatestar hecho polvo [colloquial]Example sentences
Example sentences2.2 (as intensifier) [slang]it was dead easy
- 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.
estuvo regalado or tirado [colloquial]I'm dead boredestoy aburridísimo or muerto de aburrimiento
- 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.
- 1 (+ plural verb) the deadlos muertosto rise from the deadresucitar de entre los muertosthey were screaming fit to wake the deadchillaban a grito pelado [colloquial]
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