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American English: /ˈspɪrɪt/
British English: /ˈspɪrɪt/

Translation of spirit in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable (life force, soul) the needs of the spirit
    las necesidades espirituales or del espíritu
    I'll be with you in spirit
    estaré contigo en espíritu
    te tendré presente (en mis pensamientos)
    the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
    a pesar de las buenas intenciones, la carne es débil
    Example sentences
    • I believe in this way that the soul/spirit is reflected by the body, that the soul gives life to the body and without a spirit or soul the body and brain are dead.
    • No doubt you've guessed that I think I believe in reincarnation - the doctrine of the rebirth of the spirit / soul in different bodies.
    • And most amazing, we get to receive the Eucharist into our spirits, souls and bodies.
    Example sentences
    • YET I remained basically sceptical when it came to the idea that the spirit survives death.
    • If something survives, if a spirit continues, it sure isn't me.
    • According to spiritualists, the spirit dwells in the physical body, but can leave it temporarily or permanently.
    1.2 countable (apparition) evil spirits
    espíritus malignos
    Example sentences
    • In this sense, ‘ghosts’ mean the spirits, the apparition of the dead or the devils.
    • Men in the mode of goodness worship the demigods; those in the mode of passion worship the demons; and those in the mode of ignorance worship ghosts and spirits.
    • The movie Ghost also involves spirits who have unfinished business on planet Earth, but in this case, the ghost is here to assist the living.
    Example sentences
    • The kami can be likened to nature spirits, and Shinto shrines are usually found in areas of natural beauty.
    • Surya, God of the Sun, is worshiped and the nature spirits are thanked.
    • The Japanese culture and arts have been strongly influenced by a wide-spread belief in ghosts, demons and supernatural spirits.
  • 2 countable (person) a free spirit
    una persona a quien no preocupan los convencionalismos
    one of the leading spirits of the age
    una de las figuras más destacadas de la época
    they realized they were kindred spirits
    se dieron cuenta de que eran almas gemelas
    Example sentences
    • He has demonstrated quality leadership, and embodies both entrepreneurial spirit and business excellence.
    • This revolutionary spirit is not just about changing the world, but also about what Jim calls ‘tuning people's ears to poetry.’
    • Lucy herself is a powerful character, an independent spirit with a thirst for revenge that threatens to consume her.
  • 3 uncountable (vigor, courage) a man of spirit
    un hombre de mucho espíritu or de mucho temple
    this horse/child has plenty of spirit
    este caballo/esta niña tiene mucho brío
    to break somebody's spirit
    quebrantarle el espíritu a alguien
    put some spirit into it
    pon más alma or más brío en lo que haces
    he tried to put spirit into his team
    intentó infundirles ánimo a los jugadores
    they showed their spirit in the hour of defeat
    mostraron su entereza or temple a la hora de la derrota
    Example sentences
    • Swans have shown great spirit, courage, determination and team unity this year but the most important ingredient to the Swans outfit has been an increase in skill.
    • As these and dozens of other contributions came in from people all over the world who had met Peter and admired his spirit and energy, his family had to take up where he left off.
    • The Chelsea coach had commented that his team are far behind Manchester United ‘not in terms of quality but in terms of spirit and determination’.
  • 4 4.1 (mental attitude, mood) (no plural) the party/Christmas spirit
    el espíritu festivo/navideño
    team/community spirit
    espíritu de equipo/de comunidad
    the spirit of the age/times
    el espíritu de la época/de los tiempos
    the match was played in a spirit of sportsmanship
    el partido se jugó con espíritu deportivo
    in a great spirit of self-sacrifice that's the spirit!
    ¡así se hace!
    ¡así me gusta!
    he took what I said in the wrong spirit
    (se) tomó a mal lo que dije
    she entered into the spirit of things
    entró en ambiente
    Example sentences
    • We have despatched a wealth of business together over a short period in a spirit of optimism.
    • It was a change in attitude, a spirit of openness and mutual trust because that clearly was at the crux of the matter.
    • The perception, he admits, might be that government is handing down what is right for people, and an election gives an opportunity to listen to people in a spirit of humility.
    4.2 (deeper meaning) the spirit of the law
  • 5
    also: spirits plural
    (emotional state) to be in good/bad spirits
    estar animado/abatido
    tener la moral alta/baja
    to be in high spirits
    estar muy animado or de muy buen humor
    to be in low spirits
    estar decaído or alicaído or desanimado
    to keep somebody's spirits up
    animar a alguien
    darle ánimos a alguien
    I began to whistle to keep my spirits up
    empecé a silbar para darme ánimos
    keep your spirits up
    ¡arriba ese ánimo or esos ánimos!
    his spirits rose/fell
    se animó/se desanimó or se desmoralizó
    she failed to raise o lift their spirits
    no pudo levantarles el ánimo or la moral
    no pudo animarlos
  • 6
    also: spirits plural
    bebidas (feminine plural) alcohólicas (de alta graduación)
    licores (masculine plural)
    I never drink spirits
    nunca tomo bebidas fuertes or licores
    Example sentences
    • The type of alcohol ranged from beers, lagers and cider to spirits, wine and designer drinks such as Hooch, Bacardi Breezers and Maverick Ice.
    • Most of them are used to mature spirits: various brandies, rums, and whiskies.
    • It is the home of a drinking establishment known as the Old Devil Inn, purveyors of strong ales, stronger spirits and artery-clogging pub food.
  • 7 (Chemistry) spirits of wine (before noun) spirit burner
    mechero (masculine) de alcohol
    Example sentences
    • In recent years, however, and mostly in urban areas, high - octane fuel and methylated spirit have been added to enhance potency.
    • The tanker he was driving was carrying more than 32,000 litres of petroleum spirit and 5,000 litres of diesel fuel.
    • In January 1929, for instance, only two loaded vessels arrived, one with petroleum spirit from Liverpool and the other with cement from London.
    Example sentences
    • Spots on all finishes except lacquer can be treated with a cloth dampened with spirits of camphor, essence of peppermint or oil of wintergreen.

transitive verb

  • to spirit something away
    hacer desaparecer algo como por arte de magia
    the prisoner was spirited away during the night
    el prisionero desapareció or se esfumó durante la noche como por arte de magia
    it's gone, as if it was just spirited away
    desapareció misteriosamente or como por arte de magia
    Example sentences
    • Frank rescues the couple and their about-to-be born child, spiriting them to a secret home deep in the woods, where their child will join two others that have been saved.
    • Shaggy's enjoyed our fair share of kind offers to have our anatomy enlarged, become an ordained minister online or join a deceased dictator's family in spiriting millions of dollars out of Africa.
    • A spokesman for Caritas said simply, ‘most of them are reducing their staff as much as possible’ and spiriting them out to safety.
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