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Pronunciation: /kɪl/

Translation of kill in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (cause death of) [person/animal] matar, dar* muerte a [formal] you'll get yourself killed te van a matar he killed himself se suicidó you'll kill yourself driving like that te vas a matar manejando or (Spain/España) conduciendo de esa manera he was killed by the rebels lo mataron los rebeldes, fue muerto por los rebeldes [formal] she was killed in a car crash se mató or murió en un accidente de coche nine people were killed in the fire nueve personas resultaron muertas en el incendio he was killed in the war murió en la guerra the disease kills thousands every year la enfermedad se cobra miles de víctimas anualmente it was drink that killed him la bebida acabó con él I'll kill him if he wakes me up! ¡como me despierte lo mato or (Spain/España) me lo cargo! [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Fish farmers are licensed to kill predators that threaten their nets, pens and fish.
    • He paid tribute to the two soldiers killed in the crash.
    • Hamlet is able to avenge his father's death by killing his uncle.
  • 2 2.1 (destroy) [hopes/enthusiasm] acabar con her arrival killed the conversation stone dead con su llegada se cortó la conversación en seco 2.2 (quash) [colloquial/familiar] [rumors] acabar con the opposition failed to kill the bill la oposición no logró estrangular el proyecto de ley 2.3 (spoil) [flavor/taste] estropear
    Example sentences
    • The incessant spread of globalization is killing the very qualities of distinctiveness and diversity of our differing cultures that make this world such a special place to live in.
    • Do not refrigerate tomatoes, or you'll kill the taste.
    • This is corporate committee think, and committees always kill creativity.
    2.4 (deaden) [pain] calmar 2.5 (use up) I went for a walk to kill time fui a dar un paseo para matar el tiempo I had an hour to kill tenía una hora sin nada que hacer
    Example sentences
    • It showed the disease was still prevalent in the run-up to autumn and had not been killed off by recent warm weather, he said.
    • The old Mini was effectively killed off in 1999 by safety and emissions regulations.
    • The brave little boy went through six weeks of radiotherapy then another six months of chemotherapy before the cancer was finally killed off.
  • 3 [colloquial/familiar] 3.1 (cause discomfort) matar [colloquial/familiar] my feet/shoes are killing me los pies/zapatos me están matando [colloquial/familiar] 3.2 (tire out, exhaust) matar [colloquial/familiar] all this work is killing me tanto trabajo me está matando [colloquial/familiar] don't kill yourself! [ironic] ¡cuidado, no te vayas a herniar! [irónico]
    Example sentences
    • What you realise is you don't win any medals by killing yourself.
    • Doing an OK job and getting 2% makes far better economic sense when compared to killing yourself and getting 3%.
    • Figure that as a percentage of your take home and it becomes evident that you're killing yourself with work and family for - literally - nothing.
    3.3 (amuse, shock) their jokes kill me me muero or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) me mato de risa con sus chistes what killed me was the callous way he said it lo que me mató fue la brutalidad con la que lo dijo
    Example sentences
    • I'm a bit tired today, knees and ankles are killing me from all the walking I did last night, but it was well worth it.
    • But at least the new scenarios don't kill you trying to keep guests happy.
    • There is no electricity, no water, the heat is killing us.
  • 4 (switch off) [colloquial/familiar] [engine/lights] apagar*
  • 5 (consume) [colloquial/familiar] we killed a bottle of brandy nos liquidamos una botella de coñac [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • She killed the engine and climbed out.
    • I ticked halfway down this service road and stopped the van and killed the lights.
    • The motorcyclist killed his engine and dismounted.
    Example sentences
    • A sad thing is going up to the bar to pour your last glass of whiskey, then discovering your first glass killed the bottle.
    • They killed the bottle in half an hour.
    Example sentences
    • He just hoped that Faye would reply soon because the suspense was killing him.
    • Please. Stop. The anxiety is killing me.
    • I buried my face in Scott's chest and let go of all the repressed emotions that had been slowly killing me.
    Example sentences
    • These pro-abortion people kill me - they all act as if the most important thing is making abortion safe.
    • Dad will kill you when he finds out you're drunk!
    • Bob will kill us if we don't do what we're supposed to do.
  • 6 6.1 (in tennis, squash) [ball] matar 6.2 (in soccer) [ball] parar, matar
    Example sentences
    • A long ball in from Ball was killed by the Dutchman, who turned and hit it beyond the helpless Arthur.
    • He penalised us senseless out there and they were killing so much ball.
    • When the ball came off my foot on the 50-yard try, I knew I had enough distance because I killed the ball.
    Example sentences
    • Any hopes Birmingham had of getting back into the match were killed off by Wayne Rooney with a 78th minute goal.
    • Nevertheless, it does mean we're in for a tedious few months as the singles sales chart is finally killed off.
    • The suspended bill is then voted on by those registered to vote and if the majority vote against the bill, it is killed off.
  • 7 [Computing/Informática] abortar
    Example sentences
    • Why I should have the right to kill a malicious process on your machine
    • It also defeats all known firewalls, killing the running process, replacing the firewall icon, and allowing a stealth FTP connection.
    • Users have to first kill the Msblast.exe process in Windows Task Manager before they can get anywhere.
    Example sentences
    • If activated it will kill DLL files related to the updating components of various anti-virus programs.
    • So I saved the space by killing all the widow lines; I could cut a word and save a line.
    • That makes it difficult for such users to commit themselves to deleting files and decisions have to be made about what files to kill and what files to keep.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • matar she was dressed to kill se había vestido para matar or para dejar a todos boquiabiertos [colloquial/familiar]


  • 1.1 countable/numerable (act) the lion closed in for the kill el león se aprestó a caer sobre su presa he went in for the kill entró a matar to be in at the kill estar* presente en el momento culminante 1.2 uncountable/no numerable (animal, animals killed) presa (feminine)

Phrasal verbs

kill off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
matar, acabar con the surviving members of the tribe were killed off by this disease esta enfermedad mató a or acabó con los sobrevivientes de la tribu they were killed off by the invaders fueron exterminados por los invasores acid rain is killing off these forests la lluvia ácida está acabando con or está destruyendo estas selvas

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