Translation of ligar in English:


verbo transitivo/transitive verb

  • 2 (atar) le ligaron las manos con una cuerda they tied his hands together o/or they bound his hands with a rope un fajo de billetes ligados con una goma elástica a bundle of bills held together with a rubber band

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • 1 [familiar/colloquial] (conquistar) los sábados salían a ligar on Saturdays they went out trying to pick up girls/boys [familiar/colloquial], on Saturdays they went out on the pick-up o/or (inglés norteamericano/American English) on the make [argot/slang] ligar con algn to make out with sb (inglés norteamericano/American English) to get off with sb (inglés británico/British English)
  • 2 (Chile) [familiar/colloquial], (flirtear con) to give … the come-on [familiar/colloquial], to give … the eye (inglés británico/British English) [familiar/colloquial]
  • 3 (Chile) [familiar/colloquial] (tocar) (+ me/te/le etc) a mí siempre me liga lavar los platos it's always me who gets landed with washing o/or who has to wash the dishes [familiar/colloquial] ligarle (Perú/Peru) [familiar/colloquial] to pull it off [familiar/colloquial]

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (ligarse)

  • 1 [familiar/colloquial] (conquistar) to make out with (inglés norteamericano/American English) [familiar/colloquial], , to get off with [familiar/colloquial] (inglés británico/British English)
  • 4 (Argentina) (Venezuela) [Telecom] la línea se ligó I got a crossed line

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.