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American English: /lɪk/
British English: /lɪk/

Translation of lick in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1
    mojar con saliva
    pasarle la lengua a
    the dog licked the dish clean
    el perro lamió el plato hasta dejarlo limpio
    the cat licked the cream off the cake
    el gato le quitó la crema al pastel a lengüetazos
    I licked my finger
    me humedecí el dedo con saliva
    Example sentences
    • I edged away as far as I could get, finished my chips, and decided that I'd pass on licking my fingers clean.
    • I wondered if they ever got splinters in their tongues from licking the wooden bowls clean.
    • He now always licks the lenses clean with his tongue before wiping them on a cloth.
  • 2 [colloquial] (defeat)
    barrer con
    darle una paliza a [colloquial]
    question three had me licked
    no pude con la pregunta número tres
    there were problems, but we've got them licked now
    había problemas, pero ya los tenemos resueltos
    Example sentences
    • After not beating Leicester for 13 years, Gregory thought he had them licked when his side equalised 15 minutes from time.
    • Well, I'm sure with counseling and stuff, you're going to lick this.
    • So you can take the entire project on a disk and a laptop to your villa in Portugal and edit cost-free till you feel you've licked it.
    Example sentences
    • I hope that the brevity of this war does not convince Americans that we can lick anybody on the block.
    • If you see him, lick him with a stone or something.
    • He said that these same parishioners would eventually turn around and lick him with some big stones.

intransitive verb

  • to lick at something
    lamer algo


  • 1 1.1 countable (act) we gave it a lick and a promise [colloquial]
    lo limpiamos muy por encima
    lo limpiamos por donde ve la suegra [colloquial] [humorous]
    Example sentences
    • She nudged him with her nose, and gave him a brief lick of her long tongue before turning and trotting away.
    • I extracted slow licks from a single scoop of vanilla.
    • Kevin tried to intercede at one point but got his head covered with big wet sloppy tongue licks for his trouble.
    1.2 (application, coat) [colloquial] (no plural) to give something a lick of paint/varnish
    darle una mano de pintura/barniz a algo
    Example sentences
    • Then, a couple of years ago, it had a lick of paint and a bit of internal surgery and, lo and behold, it changed name and nationality in one go.
    • All it needs is a lick of paint and a bit of work on the kitchen.
    • What would it cost for a lick of paint, some artificial flowers and some air fresheners?
  • 2 (speed) [colloquial] (no plural) she went past at a hell of a lick
    pasó a toda mecha [colloquial]
  • 3
    also: licks plural
    (blows) (US)
    golpes (masculine plural)
    he got in some good licks, too
    él también asestó sus buenos golpes
    Example sentences
    • Michael got a few licks in while he could.
    • Nearly as important as glass and magnification is a device's ability to take a few licks.
    • Many believed that you should have taken your licks and accepted the situation.

Phrasal verbs

lick up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

lick up to

verb + preposition + object
suck up to
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