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Translation of echar in English:

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

  • 6 (expeler, despedir) echaba espuma por la boca he was foaming at the mouth el motor echa mucho humo there's a lot of smoke coming from the engine el volcán echaba humo y lava the volcano was belching out smoke and lava ¡qué peste echa esa fábrica! [familiar/colloquial] what a stink that factory gives off! [familiar/colloquial] chispa2
  • 9 [familiar/colloquial] (calcular) (+ me/te/le etc) ¿cuántos años me echas? how old do you think I am? le echo 20 años I'd say he was 20, I'd put him at 20 [familiar/colloquial] ¿cuánto te costó? — ¿cuánto le echas? how much did it cost you? — how much do you think? o/or have a guess de aquí a tu casa échale una media hora it's o/or it takes about half an hour from here to your house
  • 13echar de ver to notice, realize se echa de ver que está muy triste it's obvious that o/or you can see that she's not very happy
  • 14 (con sustantivos) echar un cigarrillo [familiar/colloquial] to have a cigarette echar una firma [familiar/colloquial] to sign echar el freno to put the brake on me echó una mirada furibunda she gave o/or threw me a furious look echaron unas manos de póquer they played o/or had a few hands of poker cuenta1 1 1, culpa, mirada, partida, siesta, etc

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • 1 (empezar) echar a + infinitivo/infinitive to start o/or begin to + infinitivo/infinitive, start o/or begin -ing al ver que lo seguían echó a correr when he saw they were following him he started to run o started running o broke into a run echó a andar sin esperarnos he set off without waiting for us el motor echó a andar a la primera the engine started (the) first time las palomas echaron a volar the doves flew off
  • 2 (dirigirse) echó calle abajo she went off down the street echa por aquí a ver si podemos aparcar go down here to see if we can find a place to park echaron por la primera calle a la derecha they took the first street on the right
  • 3echar para adelante or [familiar/colloquial] p'alante, echa para adelante un poco, si no vas a bloquear la salida del garaje go forward a little, or else you'll block the garage exit echa p'alante y verás cómo te sale bien go for it! everything will turn out all right, you'll see [familiar/colloquial] echa p'alante, que ya llegamos keep going, we're nearly there

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (echarse)

  • 1 1.1 (tirarse, arrojarse) to throw oneself nos echamos al suelo we threw ourselves to the ground se echó en sus brazos she threw o/or flung herself into his arms se echó de cabeza al agua she dived into the water échate hacia atrás lean back la noche se nos echó encima night fell suddenly, it was night before we knew it echarse a perder [comida] to go bad, go off (inglés británico/British English) [proyecto/preparativos] to be ruined se me echó a perder el televisor my television's broken era muy bonita pero se ha echado a perder she used to be very pretty but she's lost her looks desde que se ha juntado con ellos se ha echado a perder since he started hanging out with them he's gone off the rails [familiar/colloquial] encima 1.2 (tumbarse, acostarse) to lie down se echó en la cama he lay down on the bed me voy a echar un rato I'm going to lie down for a while, I'm going to have a lie-down (inglés británico/British English) 1.3 (apartarse, moverse) (+ complemento/+ complement) se echó a un lado she moved to one side me tuve que echar a la cuneta I had to go off the edge of the road échate para allá y nos podremos sentar todos if you move over that way a bit we can all sit down echarse atrás to back out dijo que iba a venir, pero luego se echó atrás she said she was going to come, but then she changed her mind o pulled out o backed out cuando vieron que iba a ser difícil se echaron atrás when they saw that it was going to be difficult, they got cold feet o/or backed out echárselas (Chile) [familiar/colloquial], el jefe no le quiso pagar más y se las echó the boss didn't want to pay him any more so he upped and left [familiar/colloquial] se las echó cerro arriba he went off up the hill echárselas de algo [familiar/colloquial], se las echa de culto he likes to think he's cultured se las echa de gran conocedor de vinos he claims to be o/or makes out he is a bit of a wine connoisseur, he likes to think of himself as o/or (inglés británico/British English) he fancies himself as a bit of a wine connoisseur [familiar/colloquial]
  • 3 (empezar) echarse a + infinitivo/infinitive to start -ing o/or start to + infinitivo/infinitive se echó a llorar he started crying o/or to cry, he burst into tears se echaron a reír they started laughing o/or to laugh, they burst out laughing se echó a correr cuesta abajo he ran o/or he set off at a run down the hill solo de pensarlo me echo a temblar just thinking about it gives me the shivers [familiar/colloquial]
  • 4 (expulsar) [pedo] ¿quién se ha echado un pedo? who's let off o/or farted? [familiar/colloquial]

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