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pair
American English: /pɛr/
British English: /pɛː/

Translation of pair in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 1.1 (of shoes, socks, gloves) a pair of trousers
    unos pantalones
    un par de pantalones
    a pair of scissors
    unas tijeras
    a pair of glasses
    unas gafas
    un par de lentes
    un par de anteojos (Latin America)
    I've only got one pair of hands
    solo tengo dos manos
    you need a sharp pair of eyes
    tienes que tener vista de lince
    to show a clean pair of heels
    poner pies en polvorosa
    Example sentences
    • Skaters whizzed by in the rink behind them, but nobody moved to put on a pair of four-wheelers and join the throng.
    • There are four main landing gear units fitted in tandem pairs.
    • Whilst I was out, I also bought a couple of pairs of stockings.
    1.2 (in cards)
    Example sentences
    • One of my opponents had a pair of aces in her hand.
    • The lowest winning hand can be a single pair, an ace and king, or even a single high card.
    • Well, fate seemed to deny him any runs, pairs or face cards and even any metal implement to do some damage.
  • 2 2.1 (couple) the happy pair
    la feliz pareja
    a pair of rabbits
    un casal de conejos
    the seats were arranged in pairs
    los asientos estaban colocados de dos en dos
    los asientos estaban colocados de a dos (Latin America)
    Example sentences
    • Sometimes Eileen will work with the children on a one to one basis, other times she will host a session with the children in pairs, so that they can speak and relate to each.
    • In this race everybody goes in pairs and each pair had to get a board and paddle out to a buoy about 10 meters out and back.
    • Players are invited to enter in pairs, although individuals can enter and be paired up on the day.
    2.2
    also: pairs plural
    (Sport)
    dobles (masculine plural)

transitive verb

  • (objects)
    emparejar
    formar pares con
    she was paired with Paul
    le pusieron a Paul de pareja
    Example sentences
    • Twelve months ago, the two teams were paired together in the quarter-finals.
    • This was designed to protect the integrity of the championship because of the possibility of leading contenders being paired together in the first round.
    • ‘Clarke and I were paired together to present a documentary on that year's Festival,’ says Bakewell.

intransitive verb

  • (Zoology)
    aparearse
    Example sentences
    • White plumage may be critical for attracting a mate, but even after pairing with a female during the breeding season, a male that keeps a clean profile may have an advantage.
    • In many species pairs are stable for at least three years, and some butterflyfishes may pair for life.
    • These fish stay paired for at least a year and sometimes for their entire lifetime. They spawn year-round, usually near the full moon.

Phrasal verbs

pair off

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(pupils/dancers)
poner en parejas
(objects/words)
emparejar
formar pares con
my friends tried to pair me off with John
mis amigos me quisieron hacer gancho con John [colloquial]
2verb + adverb

pair up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(objects)
emparejar
formar pares con
each child was paired up with a partner
se puso a los niños en parejas
2verb + adverb
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