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American English: /fil/
British English: /fiːl/

Translation of feel in Spanish:

intransitive verb past tense & past participle felt

  • 1 (physically) 1.1
    how do you feel or how are you feeling?
    ¿cómo or qué tal te encuentras or te sientes?
    I feel ill/fine
    me encuentro or estoy or me siento mal/bien
    you'll feel all the better for a hot bath
    ya verás cómo te sientes or te encuentras mucho mejor después de un baño caliente
    to feel hot/cold/hungry/thirsty
    tener calor/frío/hambre/sed
    he began to feel hot/cold
    empezó a sentir calor/frío
    to feel tired
    estar or encontrarse or sentirse cansado
    I feel as if or as though I'm going to faint
    siento como si me fuera a desmayar
    to feel oneselfI wasn't feeling quite myself
    no me sentía del todo bien
    no sé qué me pasó
    we'll discuss it again when you're feeling more yourself
    lo volveremos a hablar cuando estés mejor
    Example sentences
    • He might feel shock or surprise or perhaps amusement, and I did not want my gift to give rise to any of these thoughts in him.
    • Reddish tints gleamed in her hair, and he felt the urge to run his hands through it.
    • They both grinned at me and I suddenly felt uncomfortable under their gazes.
    Example sentences
    • I wasn't really concentrating and I wasn't feeling myself.
    • Two decades ago she was a highly driven academic - until the fateful morning when she got out of bed feeling not quite herself.
    1.2 (part of body)my arm feels stiff
    tengo el brazo entumecido
    my eyes feel itchy
    me pican los ojos
    my legs felt like jelly
    me temblaban las piernas
  • 2 (emotionally, mentally, morally)
    to feel sad/nervous
    sentirse or estar triste/nervioso
    she feels old
    se siente vieja
    I don't feel any different/older
    no me siento diferente/más viejo
    I feel (like) a complete idiot
    me siento como un perfecto imbécil
    I felt (like) a new man/woman after my vacation
    me sentí como nuevo/nueva después de mis vacaciones
    I feel as if or as though or [colloquial] like I've been away for ages
    tengo la sensación de haber estado fuera mil años
    es como si hubiera estado fuera siglos
    we feel very pleased that she is back
    estamos muy contentos de que haya vuelto
    feel free to call at any time
    no deje de llamar cuando quiera
    imagine how I felt!
    imagínate cómo me sentí
    how do you feel about your parents' divorce?
    ¿cómo has tomado el divorcio de tus padres?
    how would you feel about Smith as president?
    ¿qué te parecería que Smith fuera el presidente?
    it feels wonderful to be back
    es maravilloso estar de vuelta
    if it feels good, do it [colloquial]
    si te gusta, hazlo
    si te apetece, hazlo (esp Spain)
    I feel bad about not having asked her
    me da no sé qué no haberla invitado
    how does it feel?, what does it feel like?
    ¿qué se siente?
    Example sentences
    • The survey highlighted that 68 per cent of the residents feel safer now than they did before the Neighbourhood Wardens started.
    • Parents feel helpless in today's changing world and wonder how to cope with the truant child.
    • There's no gate at the entrance and students just don't feel safe.
  • 3 (have opinion) I feel that …
    me parece que …
    opino or creo que …
    it's something I feel strongly about
    es algo que me parece muy importante
    how do you feel about going to Rome this summer?
    ¿qué te parecería si fuéramos a Roma este verano?
    how do you feel about these changes?
    ¿qué opinas de or qué te parecen estos cambios?
    I won't feel any differently
    no voy a cambiar de opinión or de parecer
  • 4to feel like something (to be in the mood for, fancy)I feel like a cup of tea
    me apetece una taza de té (esp Spain)
    tengo ganas de tomar una taza de té
    to feel like -ing
    tener ganas de + infinitive
    I feel like watching TV
    tengo ganas de ver la televisión
    me apetece ver la televisión (esp Spain)
    you'll feel more like working when you've had a rest
    tendrás más ganas de trabajar cuando hayas descansado
    come tomorrow if you feel like it
    ven mañana si tienes ganas
    ven mañana si te apetece (esp Spain)
  • 5 (seem, give impression of being) her skin felt very smooth
    tenía la piel muy suave al tacto
    your hands feel cold
    tienes las manos frías
    the water feels very chilly at first
    el agua parece muy fría al principio
    it feels cold outside
    hace frío afuera
    it feels like silk
    parece seda al tacto or al tocarlo
    how does that feel? — it's still too tight
    ¿cómo lo sientes? — todavía me queda apretado
    the patient's pulse felt normal
    el pulso del paciente parecía normal
    it feels as if or as though or [colloquial] like it's going to rain
    parece que fuera a llover
    parece como que quiere llover [colloquial]
    it feels like rain it feels like spring
    parece que estuviéramos en primavera
  • 6 (search, grope)to feel for somethinghe felt for the alarm clock
    buscó a tientas el despertador
    he felt in his pocket for his lighter
    se llevó la mano al bolsillo buscando el mechero
    she felt (about or around) in her bag for her keys
    rebuscó las llaves en el bolso
    Example sentences
    • Mac ran a hand over his short hair, then gently felt the bump on the back of his head.
    • I felt around under the bed for some kind of weapon: if they made one more move on him it'd be their last.
    • I felt around and found some old newspapers and tried to cover myself.
    Example sentences
    • So, if you want to get close, maybe try to feel out her worldview before you feel her up.
    • They groped us, felt us up and thrust their pelvic regions into our backsides.
    • Yeah, he was just feeling you up and getting off with you!

transitive verb past tense & past participle felt

  • 1 (touch)
    feel my forehead: it's burning
    tócame la frente: la tengo ardiendo
    to feel one's way
    ir a tientas
    the blind man felt his way to the exit
    el ciego fue a tientas hasta la salida
    they're still feeling their way toward a solution
    siguen tratando de encontrar una solución
    I'm still feeling my way around in the job
    todavía me estoy familiarizando con el trabajo
  • 2 (perceive)
    I couldn't feel my fingers
    no sentía los dedos
    he felt the bed move
    sintió moverse la cama or que la cama se movía
    I can feel my heart beating
    siento como me late el corazón
    Example sentences
    • Both of them were pacing around the beach, feeling the hot sand beneath their cold feet.
    • He suddenly felt his brother's hand on his arm.
    • I can almost feel the texture of candyfloss in my hair or the stickiness of a toffee apple all over my face.
    Example sentences
    • Lise felt the vibrations on the ground coming closer.
    • While it is still winter, we can start to feel the change in climate upon us.
    • I didn't know what was going on, but apparently they had felt the vibrations from the quake and come out of the sand.
  • 3 (experience)
    I felt the anger rise up in me
    sentí que me hervía la sangre
    do you feel anything for her?
    ¿sientes algo por ella?
  • 4 (be affected by) old people feel the cold more than we do
    los ancianos sienten más el frío que nosotros
    a los ancianos el frío les afecta más que a nosotros
    she really felt her mother's death
    la muerte de su madre la afectó profundamente
    the consequences will be felt for a long time to come
    las consecuencias se sentirán or se notarán durante mucho tiempo
    Example sentences
    • Art is a luxury, so our industry often feels an economic downturn before other industries.
    • As a committed family man he would have felt those tragedies keenly.
    • When trading started again on Monday morning, the financial impact of the failure was quickly felt.
  • 5 (consider)to feel somebody/something to + infinitivehe felt himself to be a burden on his family
    se sentía una carga para su familia
    I feel it important to warn you
    creo or considero que es importante advertirte
    it was felt necessary to introduce new legislation
    se creyó or se consideró necesario introducir nueva legislación
    she feels (that) the financial aspects are being neglected
    considera or cree que se están descuidando los aspectos financieros
    she feels very strongly that …
    está absolutamente convencida de que …
    it is felt by many that …
    mucha gente considera que or es de la opinión de que …
    the exam was unfair — that's just what I feel
    el examen fue injusto — lo mismo pienso yo
    Example sentences
    • Former party official Matthew Taylor feels that conference has become ‘ritualistic and pointless’.
    • In the end, Lee felt the parties were looking to exploit his difficulties for publicity.
    • Interviews with a number of children and their parents emphasised how successful they felt the event to be.

noun no plural

  • 1 1.1 (sensation) judging by the feel of it …
    a juzgar por la sensación que da al tocarlo …
    I love the feel of the wind on my face
    me encanta sentir el viento en la cara
    this cotton has a smooth feel (to it)
    este algodón es muy suave al tacto or tiene un tacto muy suave
    Example sentences
    • The fabric is made of 43% polyester and 57% combed cotton, with a cotton-rich feel.
    • It was a light gray coat made of a material that had the feel of soft fur, but the look of well-made leather.
    • Polyurethane is extremely light and has the feel of hardened styrene foam.
    1.2 (act) to have a feel of something
    tocar algo
    Example sentences
    • I let him have a feel of my hair and kept saying ‘it's a bit of a shock, isn't it?’ (must have been terrifying for a two year old!).
    • At 11.25 I wondered if I had any spots that might need squeezing and had a feel round my face.
    • The girls were dancing about and the men were trying to get a feel as they walked by, and things were getting out of hand.
  • 2 2.1 (atmosphere, style) (of house, room) try to render the feel of the poem
    trata de transmitir el estilo del poema
    this music has a baroque feel to it
    esta música tiene un aire barroco
    Example sentences
    • But the film's authentic feel is undermined by a series of political compromises.
    • The seats are very close together, and this lends an intimate, crowded feel to the place.
    • The first is to give an overall feel of the film.
    2.2 (instinct, sympathy) to have a feel for something
    tener sensibilidad para algo
    2.3 (familiarity) to get the feel of something
    acostumbrarse a algo
    familiarizarse con algo
    she still has not got the feel of the keyboard
    todavía no se ha acostumbrado al teclado or no se ha familiarizado con el teclado

Phrasal verbs

feel for

verb + preposition + object
I felt for her when I heard
me dio mucha lástima or pena cuando me enteré
I really feel for you, having to work for her …
de verdad te compadezco, tener que trabajar para ella …
see alsofeel 1 6

feel out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
I'll feel her out
yo la tantearé
tantearé el terreno

feel up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
meterle mano a [colloquial]
magrear (Spain) [colloquial]

feel up to

verb + adverb + preposition + object
I don't feel up to going out this evening
no me siento con ánimo como para salir esta noche
it'll be a while before she feels up to work again
va a pasar un tiempo antes de que se sienta con fuerzas como para trabajar
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