Translation of lick in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /lɪk/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 [spoon/ice-cream] lamer; [stamp] 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
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    • 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/familiar] (defeat) barrer con, darle* una paliza a [colloquial/familiar] 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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/verbo intransitivo

  • to lick at sth lamer algo


  • 1 1.1 countable/numerable (act) lamida (feminine), lengüetazo (masculine) we gave it a lick and a promise [colloquial/familiar] lo limpiamos muy por encima or [colloquial/familiar] [humorous/humorístico] por donde ve la suegra 1.2 (application, coat) [colloquial/familiar] (no plural/sin plural) to give sth a lick of paint/varnish darle* una mano de pintura/barniz a algo
  • 2 (speed) [colloquial/familiar] (no plural/sin plural) she went past at a hell of a lick pasó a toda mecha [colloquial/familiar]
  • 3
    (licks plural)
    (blows) (American English/inglés norteamericano) golpes (masculine plural) he got in some good licks, too él también asestó sus buenos golpes

Phrasal verbs

lick up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento

lick up to

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
suck up to

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