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parar

Translation of parar in English:

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • 1 (detenerse) to stop ¿el 65 para aquí? does the 65 stop here? paró en seco she stopped dead el autobús iba muy lleno y no nos paró the bus was very full and didn't stop for us ¡dónde vas a parar! [familiar/colloquial] there's no comparison! ir a parar to end up si sigue así irá a parar a la cárcel if he goes on like this he'll end up in prison ¿a dónde habrá ido a parar aquella foto? what can have happened to that photograph? o/or where's that photograph got to? el documento fue a parar a manos de la policía the document found its way into o/or ended up in the hands of the police ¡a dónde vamos a ir a parar! I don't know what the world's coming to venir a parar to end up no sé cómo ha podido venir a parar aquí I don't know how it got in here o/or how it ended up in here
  • 2 (cesar) to stop para un momento, que no te entiendo hang on a minute, I don't quite follow you el ruido no paró en toda la noche the noise didn't let up o/or stop all night no parará hasta lograr su meta she won't give up o/or stop until she's achieved her goal ha estado llorando toda la noche sin parar he hasn't stopped crying all night parar de + infinitivo/infinitive to stop -ing aún no ha parado de llover it still hasn't stopped raining no para de comer she does nothing but eat, she never stops eating no para de criticar a los demás he's always criticizing others no parar [familiar/colloquial], no para quieto ni un momento he can't keep still for a minute no he parado en toda la mañana I've been on the go all morning [familiar/colloquial] no pararás hasta que rompas algún cristal you won't be happy until you've broken a window no para en casa ni un momento she's never at home, she never spends any time at home y para de contar [familiar/colloquial] and that's it, and that's the lot (inglés británico/British English)
  • 4 (América Latina/Latin America) [obreros/empleados] to go on strike los obreros de la construcción pararán el jueves construction workers are going on strike o/or are striking on Thursday pararon a mediodía they went on strike o/or (inglés británico/British English) they downed tools at noon

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (pararse)

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