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mirar

Translation of mirar in English:

verbo transitivo

  • 3 (considerar) (problema/cuestión)míralo desde otro punto de vista
    look at it from another point of view
    mira bien lo que haces
    think hard o carefully about what you're doing
    bien mirado or mirándolo bien, no es una mala idea
    thinking about it o all things considered, it's not a bad idea
    bien mirado or mirándolo bien, había algo extraño en él
    thinking about it o now that I come to think about it, there was something strange about him
    mirándolo bien creo que prefiero quedarme en casa
    on second thoughts, I think I'd prefer to stay at home
    lo mires por donde lo mires
    whatever o whichever way you look at it
    mirar algo/a alguien en menos, me miró en menos el regalo y me costó tan caro
    the present I gave her cost the earth and she looked down her nose at it
    yo que lo miré en menos y es un rico heredero
    I turned my nose up at him and it turns out he's the the heir to a fortune!
    los miran en menos porque son pobres
    people look down on them because they're poor
    mirar mal or no mirar bien a alguien, en el trabajo no lo miran bien
    he's not very highly thought of at work
    they don't have a very high opinion of him at work
    lo miran mal porque lleva el pelo largo
    they disapprove of him because he has long hair
    los miran mal porque no están casados
    they're frowned upon because they're not married
    people disapprove of them because they're not married
  • 4 (ser cuidadoso con) mira mucho el dinero
    she's very careful with her money
    mira hasta el último céntimo
    he watches every penny
  • 5 5.1 (expresando incredulidad, irritación, etc) ¡mira que poner un plato de plástico en el horno …!
    honestly o really! imagine putting a plastic dish in the oven …! [familiar]
    ¡mira que tú también te metes en cada lío …!
    you're a fine one to talk, with all the scrapes you get into! [familiar]
    ¡mira que no saber dónde está Helsinki …!
    imagine o (inglés británico) fancy not knowing where Helsinki is!
    ¡mira que eres tacaño!
    you're so mean! boy, you're mean! [familiar]
    ¡mira que te lo he dicho de veces …!
    the times I've told you!
    how many times do I have to tell you?
    ¡mira quién habla!
    look o hark who's talking!
    mira si será egoísta, que no me lo quiso prestar
    talk about (being) selfish! he wouldn't lend it to me
    5.2 (en advertencias) mira que mañana hay huelga de trenes
    remember that there's a train strike tomorrow
    mira que mi paciencia tiene un límite
    I'm warning you, I'm running out of patience
    ¿todavía estás aquí? mira que ya son las nueve
    are you still here? you realize o you (do) know it's already gone nine …

verbo intransitivo

  • 3 (estar orientado)mirar a/hacia algo
    to face something
    la fachada mira al sur
    the front of the building faces south o is south-facing
    esa habitación mira al mar
    that room overlooks the sea
    el balcón mira a las montañas
    the balcony looks out onto the mountains
    ponte mirando hacia la ventana
    stand ( o sit etc) facing the window

also: mirarse verbo pronominal

  • 1 (reflexivo)
    to look at oneself
    se miró en el or al espejo
    she looked at herself in the mirror
  • 2 (recíproco)
    to look at each other
    se miraron extrañados
    they looked at each other in surprise
Example sentences
  • Algunos dicen que la solución para la televisión basura es no mirar televisión.
  • En el momento perfecto de arriesgarte y no mirar atrás.
  • Debemos mirar a la regulación desde otro punto de vista.

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