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American English: /ˈfaɪ(ə)r/
British English: /ˈfʌɪə/

Translation of fire in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable to be on fire
    estar en llamas
    estar ardiendo
    to set something on fire or to set fire to something
    prenderle fuego a algo
    to catch fire
    prender fuego
    fire and brimstone
    el fuego eterno
    los tormentos del infierno
    a fire-and-brimstone sermon to fight fire with fire to go through fire and water
    hacerle frente a todo
    I'd go through fire and water for her sake
    por ella iría hasta el fin del mundo
    to play with fire to set the world or (British also) the Thames on fire he hopes to set the New York art world on fire
    espera revolucionar el mundo artístico neoyorquino
    Example sentences
    • Suddenly a bright light, fire in fact, flared in front of her face, and a torch was lit.
    • When the kill had been made, Jimmy would light a small heather fire to make a smoke signal.
    • Even at one in the morning, they did not flinch when a roaring explosion of fire and smoke lit the sky behind them.
    1.2 countable (outdoors) wood/charcoal fire
    fuego (masculine) de leña/carbón
    Example sentences
    • Columns of smoke from cooking fires and controlled burns seemed to dangle groundward from the sky.
    • Conditions were primitive and patients arrived suffering from malaria, crocodile or snake bites, or burns from open cooking fires.
    • Under five sawn-off oil barrels fierce wood fires are burning: on top of them are the woks of giants, each as wide as I can stretch my arms.
    1.3 countable (in hearth) a coal/log fire
    un fuego de carbón/leña
    to lay/light the fire
    preparar/encender el fuego
    we must keep the home fires burning
    tenemos que luchar por mantener la normalidad
  • 2 countable (accident) there was a fire at the factory
    hubo un incendio en la fábrica
    the fire was quickly brought under control
    lograron controlar las llamas rápidamente
    (as interjection) fire!
    this is a fire hazard
    (cause of fire) esto podría causar un incendio
    (danger in a fire) esto sería un peligro en caso de un incendio
    fire prevention
    prevención (feminine) de incendios
    fire protection
    protección (feminine) contra incendios
    fire regulations
    normativa (feminine) contra incendios
    Example sentences
    • At times the reserve staff will start a ‘cold’ fire that is less destructive than latter fires when the grass becomes dry.
    • Many destructive fires start during such times since potential fire hazards can go unnoticed in the relative darkness.
    • One of the biggest and most destructive of those fires is bearing down on another resort town, Lake Arrowhead in San Bernardino County.
  • 3 countable (heater) (British)
    Example sentences
    • Similarly, people may gain heat radiating from hot walls, concrete, or sand in a hot environment, as well as from fires or central heating radiators in the cold.
    • The rules apply to all gas appliances, including central heating boilers, water heaters, fires and cookers.
    • He has been undertaking a variety of projects including fitting central heating and fires.
  • 4 uncountable (passion)
    Example sentences
    • Tony's fire and enthusiasm has always been a delight, but desire gets you nowhere by itself.
    • It was a great team effort with the lads playing with fire, passion, determination and a tremendous will to win.
    • It was played with passion and fire, by a massive orchestra.
  • 5 uncountable (of guns) to open fire on somebody/something
    abrir fuego sobre alguien/algo
    to hold one's fire
    hacer alto el fuego
    a burst of fire
    una ráfaga de disparos
    to draw somebody's fire
    distraer la atención de alguien
    to exchange fire
    to come under fire
    entrar en la línea de fuego
    we were under fire
    estaban disparando sobre nosotros
    he is under fire from both left and right
    está siendo atacado desde la derecha y desde la izquierda
    es el blanco de las críticas tanto de la derecha como de la izquierda
    to hang firewe'd better hang fire
    va a ser mejor que esperemos
    we are hanging fire over our expansion plans
    de momento hemos dejado en suspenso or de lado nuestros planes de expansión
    Example sentences
    • Four men were cut down by machine-gun fire in a gangland-style shooting.
    • The enemy met descending paratroopers with heavy small arms and machinegun fire.
    • However, in the hail of bullets and recoilless rifle fire, over fifty hostages had been killed.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    to fire a gun at somebody
    dispararle a alguien
    to fire a shot at somebody
    dispararle un tiro a alguien
    Example sentences
    • The Vulcan works by firing a projectile at high speed into a landmine, ripping it apart without detonating the explosives.
    • The moment came, and with the twelfth shot fired off, the bullets ceased and Johner drew back behind the barricade to reload his gun.
    • In suppressing the Quebec City protests, Canadian police for the first time used the impact weapon Arwen 37 which fires rubber bullets.
    1.2 (direct) to fire questions at somebody
    hacerle or lanzarle preguntas a alguien
  • 2 (dismiss) [colloquial] she was fired
    la echaron
    la despidieron
    you're fired!
    ¡queda usted despedido!
    Example sentences
    • This story apparently came to light when an assistant district attorney was fired for settling the case and not informing his superior.
    • The problem is that the paper has fired this trainee journalist presumably due to public pressure and not, one assumes, some facts of his resume.
    • There is a reluctance on the part of broadcast executives to fire presenters who stir up public outrage - because it sells.
  • 3 3.1 (activate)
    Example sentences
    • We were constructing wooden housing and using charcoal to fire blast furnaces.
    • As a teenager, to help his parents, he'd work double shifts firing engines in rail yards.
    • Because Watt's engine was fired by coal and not water, spinning factories could be located virtually anywhere.
    Example sentences
    • Allende's vow to carry out a peaceful Socialist revolution fired the imagination of millions.
    • They don't fire the imagination or arouse the passions like the aristocratic love of honor.
    • Meera's blind love for Krishna has fired the imagination of many poets.
    3.2 (stimulate)
    to fire somebody with enthusiasm
    llenar de entusiasmo a alguien
    3.3 (set fire to) [literary]
    prenderle fuego a
  • 4
    Example sentences
    • The factory uses combined electricity and coal-fired kilns for firing the bricks.
    • Pottery in Texas was fired in a groundhog kiln, so named because part of the kiln is buried in the earth.
    • He can do chores for you, such as firing your pottery.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (shoot)
    hacer fuego
    to fire at somebody/something
    disparar contra alguien/algo
    dispararle a alguien/algo
    to fire on somebody
    disparar sobre alguien
    the police fired on the demonstrators
    la policía disparó sobre los manifestantes
    ready, aim or (British) take aim, fire!
    apunten ¡fuego!
    Example sentences
    • Suddenly he heard the distinct noise of a Gatling gun being fired.
    • He studied the simple pistol grip that fired the main gun.
    • Others have suggested that he held on to the pistol while firing the shotgun one-handed.
  • 2
    Example sentences
    • Geordie who was talking to Cameron Shelton brought his conversation to a halt reluctantly, with several false stops like a car that kept on firing after the ignition had been switched on.
    • Getting behind the car, he pushed with gusto until the engine fired.
    • The only practical way to do this is to add some sort of large rocket engine that fires right before impact.

Phrasal verbs

fire away

verb + adverb
[colloquial] (usually in imperative) there are some questions I'd like to ask you — fire away!
quisiera hacerte unas preguntas — ¡adelante!
quisiera hacerte unas preguntas — ¡pregunta nomás! (Latin America)

fire off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

fire up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
infundirle entusiasmo a
to get (all) fired up
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