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British English: /ʌɪ/

Translation of eye in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1, (Anatomy) he has blue/sad eyes
    tiene los ojos azules/tristes
    to have good eyes
    tener buena vista
    to have sharp eyes
    tener (una) vista de lince
    tener ojo de águila
    a glass eye
    un ojo de vidrio
    un ojo de cristal (Spain)
    eyes front/right!
    ¡vista al frente/a la derecha!
    as far as the eye can/could see
    hasta donde alcanza/alcanzaba la vista
    in the twinkling of an eye to give somebody a black eye
    ponerle a alguien el ojo morado [colloquial]
    ponerle a alguien a la funerala (Spain) [colloquial]
    ponerle a alguien en compota or en tinta (Southern Cone) [colloquial]
    visible to the naked eye
    que se puede ver a simple vista
    do not look at the sun with the naked eye
    no mire el sol sin protección
    an eye for an eye (Bible)
    ojo por ojo
    I can't believe my eyes
    si no lo veo, no lo creo
    no doy crédito a mis ojos
    I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw her
    me quedé helada or no daba crédito a mis ojos cuando la vi
    to be all eyes
    mirar lleno de curiosidad
    to be one in the eye for somebody (esp British) [colloquial]that was one in the eye for the competition
    con eso le dieron por las narices a la competencia [colloquial]
    to be somebody's eyes and earsour reps are our eyes and ears in the market
    nuestros representantes son los que nos tienen al tanto de lo que pasa en el mercado
    to close or shut one's eyes to something to cry one's eyes out
    llorar a lágrima viva or a mares
    to feast one's eyes on something
    regalarse la vista con algo
    deleitarse or recrearse mirando algo
    to go into something with one's eyes closed
    meterse en algo a ciegas
    I went into it with my eyes wide open
    me metí sabiendo muy bien lo que hacía
    to have a roving eye
    ser muy mujeriego
    he has a roving eye
    se le van los ojos detrás de las chicas
    es muy mujeriego
    to have eyes in the back of one's head to keep one's eyes open (to avoid danger, problems)
    andarse or ir con cuidado
    (looking for something) keep your eyes open for a restaurant
    vete mirando or fíjate bien a ver si ves un restaurante
    to keep one's eyes peeled or skinned [colloquial]
    (to avoid danger, problems) andarse or ir con mucho ojo [colloquial]
    (looking for something) estar(se) ojo avizor [colloquial]
    to make eyes at somebody
    hacerle ojitos a alguien
    to open somebody's eyes
    abrirle los ojos a alguien
    to open somebody's eyes to something
    hacerle ver algo a alguien
    this opened my eyes to her true nature
    esto me hizo ver cómo era realmente
    to see eye to eye with somebody (usually with negative)
    estar de acuerdo con alguien
    coincidir (con alguien)
    with one's eyes shut or closed
    con los ojos cerrados
    I can do it with my eyes closed
    lo puedo hacer con los ojos cerrados
    to be up to one's eyes in something
    estar hasta aquí de algo [colloquial]
    I'm up to my eyes in work
    estoy agobiada de trabajo
    estoy hasta aquí de trabajo [colloquial]
    we're up to our eyes in debt
    estamos cargados de deudas
    debemos hasta la camisa [colloquial]
    (before noun) at eye level
    a la altura de la vista
    eye level oven
    horno (masculine) alto
    Example sentences
    • They believe the optic nerve in short sighted eyes might be more vulnerable to computer stress.
    • Kiri is registered blind after inheriting an eye disease from partially sighted Daphne.
    • This is beyond the capacity of the human eye, which may explain why so many offside decisions are controversial
    1.2 (look, gaze) his eyes turned toward her
    volvió la mirada or la vista hacia ella
    under the watchful eye(s) of the teacher
    bajo la atenta mirada del profesor
    to cast or run one's eye over something
    recorrer algo con la vista
    all eyes were on her
    todas las miradas estaban puestas en ella
    before my very eyes
    ante mis propios ojos
    and now, before your very eyes, …
    y ahora, a la vista de todos, …
    to catch somebody's eyethe carpet caught my eye
    la alfombra me llamó la atención
    he caught my eye at the party
    me fijé en él en la fiesta
    nothing caught my eye in the store
    no vi nada que me llamara la atención en la tienda
    I tried to catch his eye
    intenté llamar su atención
    can you catch his eye?
    hazle una seña a ver si te ve
    these colors really catch the eye
    estos colores son verdaderamente llamativos
    to have one's eyes on somebody/something
    no quitarle los ojos de encima a alguien/algo
    in one's eyes
    para él ( oretc. )
    a sus ( or mis etc. ) ojos
    in Mary's eyes he's perfect
    para Mary or a ojos de Mary es perfecto
    Mary lo encuentra perfecto
    in the eyes of the Law
    ante la ley
    to keep one's eye(s) on something/somebodykeep your eyes on the road!
    ¡no apartes la vista de la carretera!
    keep your eyes on him
    no lo pierdas de vista
    to look somebody straight in the eye
    mirar a alguien directamente a los ojos
    she won't look me in the eye
    no se atreve a mirarme a la cara
    I was too ashamed to meet her eyes
    me daba vergüenza mirarla a los ojos or la cara
    their eyes met
    sus miradas se encontraron
    he has eyes only for her he couldn't take his eyes off her
    no podía quitarle los ojos de encima
    I took my eyes off the case for a second and it was gone
    me distraje or me despisté un momento y la maleta voló
    a story seen through a child's eyes
    una historia vista a través de los ojos de un niño
    seen through her eyes …
    tal como ella lo ve/veía …
    desde su perspectiva …
    through Christian eyes
    desde una perspectiva cristiana
    easy on the eye [colloquial] to give somebody the eye or [dated] the glad eye [colloquial]
    hacerle ojitos a alguien [colloquial]
    to hit somebody in the eye
    (be eye-catching) llamarle la atención a alguien
    (lit: strike) darle a alguien en el ojo
    to keep an eye on something/somebody
    vigilar or cuidar algo/a alguien
    keep an eye on those two
    no pierdas de vista a esos dos
    vigila a esos dos
    to lay or set or [colloquial] clap eyes on somebody/somethingfrom the moment I set or laid or [colloquial] clapped eyes on it
    desde el primer momento que lo vi
    I was 13 when I first set eyes on her
    tenía 13 años cuando la vi por primera vez
    to turn a blind eye
    hacer la vista gorda
    to turn a blind eye to something
    hacer la vista gorda frente a or ante algo
    Example sentences
    • The secret appears to be: keep costs low, have cred and employ editors with wit and sharp eyes.
    • Bless our eyes with vision, that we may see our lives and the life that you give us.
    • Tearing my eyes away from this vision of male pulchritude, I notice yet another Gable.
    1.3 (attention) the eyes of the world will be on her
    todo el mundo tendrá la vista puesta en ella
    the company has been in the public eye a lot recently
    últimamente se ha hablado mucho de la compañía
    to keep out of the public eye
    mantenerse alejado de la mirada del público
    to have one's eye on somebody/somethingshe has her eye on a house in that street
    le ha echado el ojo a una casa de esa calle [colloquial]
    I've had my eye on him for some time
    hace tiempo que lo vengo vigilando
    with an eye to something
    con miras a algo
    with an eye to selling it, they had the house painted
    hicieron pintar la casa con miras a venderla
    1.4 (ability to judge) to have an eye for design
    tener ojo or idea para el diseño
    he has an eye for the girls
    le gustan las chicas
    to have a good eye
    (in shooting) tener buena puntería
    (in tennis) tener buen ojo
    to have an eye for detail
    ser detallista
    Example sentences
    • For it is in the essence of his behaviour that he should be eccentric, unconventional and rash in the eyes of public opinion.
    • Secondly, how would a customer be viewed in the eyes of the public?
    • Internal working models of the self are opinions about how one is viewed in the eyes of others.
  • 2 2.1 (of needle)
    Example sentences
    • That's when I looked at the top point of a star and realized that a tiny hole, barely larger then the eye of a needle, had been placed in it.
    • Passes were threaded together and some of them would have gone through the eye of a needle.
    • An army of tiny red eyes met him, none larger than the eye of a needle.
    2.2 (of hurricane, storm) 2.3 (in potato)
    Example sentences
    • The eyes and even sprouting potatoes are safe to use but they may not keep well.
    • However, as we've just said, roots don't have buds, and that's exactly what you see sprouting on the potato, arising from the potato's eyes.

transitive verb present participle eying or (British) eyeing

  • 1 (observe) to eye somebody up and down
    mirar a alguien de arriba abajo
    to eye something suspiciously
    observar algo con sospecha
    Example sentences
    • The tender stood there polishing a unique-looking shot glass, eying the newcomers closely.
    • After eying them closely from the distance, they began to approach closer.
    • As it poured incessantly out of him, he noticed a bull across the field eyeing him interestingly.
  • 2 (ogle)
    pasarle revista a [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • So when this outgoing, funny, handsome man from the New York office joined our department briefly, I eyed him up with some interest.
    • That means they are eyeing you up for credit value before naming their price.
    • I was there one night with my friend Tracy, we were a bit of an icon in those days, and Dave and his mate were eyeing us up, but we both fancied his friend.

Phrasal verbs

eye up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (esp British)
he was eyeing up the girls (British)
estaba mirando a las chicas
estaba relojeando a las chicas (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
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