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American English: /ɡɪr/
British English: /ɡɪə/

Translation of gear in Spanish:


  • 1 (Mechanics) to engage first/second gear
    poner or meter (la) primera/segunda
    to shift or (British) change gear production must move into a higher gear to meet demand
    habrá que acelerar la producción para poder satisfacer la demanda
    it's in gear/out of gear
    está engranado/en punto muerto
    it jumped out of gear
    saltó la marcha or el cambio
    our schedule was thrown out of gear when she left
    se nos desbarató el plan de trabajo cuando ella se fue
    (before noun) gear cable
    cable (masculine) del cambio (de marchas)
    Example sentences
    • The aim of nanotechnology is to manipulate molecules atom by atom, treating them like mechanical devices with gears, wheels, levers, hooks, pivots, locks and keys.
    • This process is, of course, generally used on the larger castings and was originally introduced for the production of gears, worm wheels and cored bars.
    • The spacing of the gears allows engine speeds to be reduced and the torque curve to be better exploited.
  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (equipment)
    (tools) herramientas (feminine plural)
    also: fishing gear
    aparejo (masculine) de pesca
    Example sentences
    • To make shopping easy, the company arranges its catalog according to clothing, accessories, gear, and gifts.
    • A few weeks after they'd gone missing, some of their personal dive gear washed up on a beach 75 miles from the dive site.
    • They caught five poachers, equipped with modern rappelling gear, in possession of six bags of bird nests.
    2.2 (miscellaneous items) [colloquial]
    cosas (feminine plural)
    Example sentences
    • He expanded his clothing line from basketball gear to lifestyle wear.
    • So the crumpled, unshaven look is strictly last season and those who are with it are found in designer gear and sports shoes.
    • As it was, he was also wearing his travelling gear, painfully bright clothing that stood out a mile against his dark skin.
  • 3 uncountable (Clothing) [colloquial] tennis/riding gear
    ropa de tenis/de montar
    she wears all the latest gear
    se viste al último grito [colloquial]

transitive verb

  • 1 (orient) we are gearing our business increasingly toward the export market
    estamos orientando nuestro negocio cada vez más hacia las exportaciones
    (to be) geared to/toward somethingdesigns geared to the younger generation
    diseños (masculine plural) para los más jóvenes
    our policy is geared to or toward achieving this aim
    nuestra política está dirigida or encaminada a lograr este objetivo
    the course is geared to suit their needs
    el curso ha sido planeado or está pensado teniendo en cuenta sus necesidades particulares
  • 2 (prepare)to gear something/somebody for something
    preparar algo/a alguien para algo
    they were geared for action
    estaban preparados or listos para entrar en acción

Phrasal verbs

gear up

1verb + adverb (prepare)
they are gearing up for a new offensive
se están preparando para una nueva ofensiva
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object to gear oneself up for something
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