Translation of spring in Spanish:
intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense of/pasado de sprang or (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) , sprung past participle of/participio pasado de, sprung)
- 1 1.1 (leap) saltar I sprang out of bed salté de la cama he sprang over the wall saltó el muro the cat sprang up onto the table el gato se subió a la mesa de un salto to spring to one's feet levantarse or ponerse* de pie de un salto or como movido por un resorte to spring to attention ponerse* firme to spring into action entrar en acción the engine sprang into life de pronto el motor se puso en marcha tears sprang to his eyes se le llenaron los ojos de lágrimas to spring to sb's aid correr or acudir en ayuda de algn nothing springs to mind no se me ocurre nada the branch sprang back and hit me in the face la rama saltó como un látigo y me dio en la cara the door sprang open/shut la puerta se abrió/se cerró de golpeExample sentences1.2 (pounce) the tiger was poised to spring el tigre estaba agazapado, listo para atacarto spring
- Violet suddenly sprang forward and seized her by the arm.
- Suddenly one of the men sprung forward in an attempt to grab Rachel.
- Then the leader sprang forward toward me, pointing his gun at me.
atsb/sth the dog sprang at his throat el perro se le tiró al cuello she suddenly sprang at him de pronto se le tiró encima or se abalanzó sobre él
- 2 2.1 [literary/literario] [stream] surgir*, nacer*; [shoots] brotar to spring into existence aparecer* de la noche a la mañana where did you spring from? [colloquial/familiar] ¿y tú de dónde has salido? 2.2to spring
fromsth [ideas/doubts] surgir* dealgo [problem] provenir* dealgo his aggression springs from his inadequacy su agresividad es producto or resultado de su ineptitudExample sentences
- Large commercial developments are starting to spring up in the town.
- Everywhere you turn in Glasgow it seems another new development with an evocative name is springing up.
- Then, almost unnoticed, a playful breeze sprang up, which turned rather suddenly into something stiffer.
- She hugged me again and new tears sprang from her eyes.
- Where the blazes did he spring from?
transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense of/pasado de sprang or (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) , sprung past participle of/participio pasado de, sprung)
- 1 1.1 (produce suddenly)to spring sth
onsb they did rather spring it on us nos lo soltaron así, de buenas a primeras or [colloquial/familiar] de golpe y porrazo he sprang a surprise on them les dio una sorpresa 1.2 [mechanism] accionar to spring a trap on sb sorprender a algn con una trampaExample sentences1.3to spring a leak empezar* a hacer agua
- The freighter's engines sprang to life, deafening its only two occupants.
- Since the recruitment drive sprung into operation last month, a staggering 248 new members have signed up.
- She pressed down on a button and the ship shuddered as the main engine sprung to life.
- Latham is at his best when he springs surprises on the Government.
- Life has a habit of springing surprises on you, pleasant and unpleasant.
- He said: ‘The Home Secretary was wrong to spring his decision on the police authority, and they are within their rights to take the final decision.’
- 2 [fence/gate] saltar, saltar por encima de
- 3 [colloquial/familiar] [prisoner] sacar* de la cárcel, ayudar a fugarseExample sentences
- We cannot intervene with the police to get British citizens released, nor spring them from jail.
- All was right in the Harriet house until the culprits were sprung from jail by their eighteen-year-old son.
- The other is 23 and was recently sprung from prison after serving a couple of sentences for drug/weapons charges.
- Of course, on the upside, we bridesmaids get to wear our own outfits and she's springing for Manolos for everyone.
- When I was a lad a baseball cap was a baseball cap, even if you weren't springing for the top-of-the-line officially-licensed fitted variety.
- Besides, it's your folks' fault for not springing for voicemail.
- I'd rather spring an extra dollar for one of her foil-wrapped, stuffed baked potatoes (that's real bacon in there) than content myself with institutional fries.
- He had snuck out of class for a crafty drag and a teacher, Jase, had sprung him.
- He figured that nobody would ever spring him, but he figured wrong.
- As we have seen this week, the Minister has been sprung.
- 4 4.1 countable/numerable (in watch, toy) resorte (masculine); (in mattress) muelle (masculine), resorte (masculine) (Latin America/América Latina) 4.2 (elasticity) (no plural/sin plural) elasticidad (feminine) to walk with a spring in one's step caminar con brío or energía
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