Share this entry

American English: /ˈhəvər/
British English: /ˈhɒvə/

Translation of hover in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1.1 (in air)
    sostenerse en el aire
    (sin avanzar)
    mantenerse inmóvil en el aire
    to hover over oabove something/somebody
    cernerse sobre algo/alguien
    Example sentences
    • Overhead, a helicopter hovers at such a low height that it only just clears the occasional overpass bridges that appear.
    • Sumner compared it to the difference between a helicopter passing overhead or hovering.
    • Overhead 10 helicopters hovered, cameramen and photographers ready to shoot the action.
    Example sentences
    • With fuel prices hovering near record high levels, can any carrier turn a profit?
    • The CDC reported deaths as a whole from influenza hovering near epidemic levels.
    • Gas prices continue to hover near record levels, but if you think you're paying too much at the pump that may be the least of your worries.
    1.2 (linger, be poised) the temperature hovered around 20°
    la temperatura rondaba los 20°
    her secretary was hovering at her elbow
    su secretario le andaba alrededor
    a smile/question hovered on her lips
    sus labios esbozaron una sonrisa/una pregunta
    they were hovering on the brink of disaster
    estaban casi al borde del desastre
    Example sentences
    • Leanne's hand hovered over a large, blue button on her console, preparing to press it.
    • The ice storm hovered over the Ontario and Quebec area until Jan. 14.
    • Thick, low clouds hovered over Jay's house like fists ready to strike.
    Example sentences
    • So he hovered close and waited, and in the middle of the third week, his vigilance paid off.
    • As I stammered my way to buying a bag of apples, and my classmates donned other wacky guises, Ralph hovered close by to cast a critical eye and ear over our performances.
    • We hover close enough that I can see the matted clumps in the bear's shaggy, pale brown coat.
    1.3 (be undecided)
    estar indeciso

Phrasal verbs

hover about

hover around
1verb + adverb (linger) 2verb + preposition + object (wait at)

Definition of hover in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day whippersnapper
    Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
    a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...
    Cultural fact of the day

    ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) is one of the stages of secondary education established in Spain by the LOE - Ley Orgánica de Educación (2006). It begins at twelve years of age and ends at sixteen, the age at which compulsory education ends. The old division between a technical and an academic education is not as marked in ESO, as all secondary pupils receive basic professional training.