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comer 1

verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1
    (tomar alimentos)
    to eat
    no tengo ganas de comer
    I'm not hungry o I don't feel like eating anything
    no hay nada para comer este niño no me come nada [familiar]
    this child won't eat anything (I make for him) [familiar]
    las palomas comían de su mano
    the pigeons were eating out of o from her hand
    el sueldo apenas si les alcanza para comer
    he hardly earns enough to feed them
    comer como un sabañón or (España) una lima or (México) un pelón de hospicio [familiar]
    to eat like a horse
    comer como un pajarito [familiar]
    to eat like a bird
    1.2dar de comer todavía hay que darle de comer (en la boca)
    we still have to spoonfeed him
    darle de comer al gato
    to feed the cat
    tengo que darles de comer a los niños
    I have to get the kids something to eat
    I have to feed the kids
    nos dieron de comer muy bien
    they fed us very well
    ni siquiera nos dieron de comer
    they didn't even give us anything to eat
    darle a alguien de comer aparte [familiar]
    to treat somebody with kid gloves
  • 2 2.1 (tomar una comida) todavía no hemos comido
    we haven't eaten yet
    we haven't had lunch ( o dinner etc) yet
    hace mucho tiempo que no salimos a comer (fuera)
    we haven't been out for a meal o eaten out for ages
    ¿dónde comieron anoche?
    where did you go for dinner o have dinner last night?
    no queremos comer en el hotel
    we don't want to have our meals in the hotel o to eat at the hotel
    ¡niños, a comer!
    lunchtime ( o dinnertime etc), children!
    ¿qué hay de comer?
    (a mediodía)
    what's for lunch?
    (por la noche)
    what's for dinner o supper?
    aquí se come muy bien
    the food here is very good
    donde comen dos, comen tres
    there's always room for one more at the table
    2.2
    (especialmente España, México) (almorzar)
    to have lunch
    have dinner (inglés británico) [familiar]
    nos invitaron a comer
    they asked us to lunch
    2.3
    (especialmente América Latina) (cenar)
    to have dinner
    comemos a las nueve
    we have o eat dinner at nine
    nos invitaron a comer
    they asked o invited us to dinner

verbo transitivo

  • 1
    (fruta/verdura/carne)
    to eat
    como mucha fruta
    I eat a lot of fruit
    no puedo comer chocolate
    I can't have o eat chocolate
    come un poco de queso
    have a little cheese
    tienes que comer todo lo que te sirvan
    you must eat (up) everything they give you
    ¿puedo comer otro?
    can I have another one?
    no tienen qué comer
    they don't have anything to eat
    nadie te va a comer [familiar]
    nobody's going to bite your head off
    nobody's going to eat you
    mira el suéter, me lo comió la polilla
    look at my sweater, the moths have been at it o it's really moth-eaten
    como un cáncer que le come las entrañas [literario]
    like a cancer gnawing away at his insides
    sin comerlo ni beberlo or sin comerla ni beberla, me llevé el castigo sin comerlo ni beberlo
    I got punished even though I didn't have anything to do with it o any part in it
    ¿(y) eso con qué se come? [familiar]
    what on earth's that? [familiar]
    what's that when it's at home? (inglés británico) [familiar]
  • 2 [familiar] (hacer desaparecer) ese peinado le come mucho la cara
    that hairstyle hides half her face
    estos zapatos me comen los calcetines
    my socks keep slipping down with these shoes
    estos gastos nos han empezado a comer los ahorros
    these expenses have started eating into our savings
    el alquiler me come la mitad del sueldo
    the rent swallows up half my salary
    half my salary goes on the rent
    si seguimos así nos va a comer la mugre
    if we go on like this we'll be swallowed up by dirt

also: comerse verbo pronominal

  • 1 (acento/palabra)te has comido todos los acentos
    you've left off o forgotten o (inglés británico) missed off all the accents
    me comí dos líneas
    I missed out o skipped two lines
    se comen la 's' final
    they don't pronounce the final 's'
    they leave off o drop the final 's'
    se come la mitad de las palabras
    he swallows o he doesn't pronounce half his words
  • 3 [familiar] (hacer desaparecer) el sol se ha ido comiendo los colores de la alfombra
    the sun has faded the colors in the carpet
    el mar se ha comido casi toda la arena
    the sea has washed away nearly all the sand
    el ácido se come el metal
    the acid eats into o eats away the metal
    el colegio de los niños se me come casi todo el sueldo
    almost all my salary goes on the children's school fees
    the children's school fees eat up almost all of my salary
Example sentences
  • Mi hijo tiene 17 meses y está aprendiendo a comer.
  • Comer sano no implica comer menos o mal.
  • Algunas personas pueden comer de todo y nunca les da indigestión.

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comer 2

sustantivo masculino

Example sentences
  • La oferta en alimentos es dañina y el comer sano no se cultiva.
  • Uno no puede rechazar el comer solo porque existe el riesgo de atorarse.
  • Realmente ser peruano es maravilloso, y el comer rico, felizmente es posible aquí.

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