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American English: /hit/
British English: /hiːt/

Translation of heat in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (warmth) the cat basked in the heat of the fire
    el gato disfrutaba del calor de la lumbre
    in the heat of the day
    cuando el sol aprieta
    en las horas de más calor
    if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen
    si es demasiado para ti, quítate de en medio
    (before noun) heat loss
    pérdida (feminine) de calor
    Example sentences
    • At least my dress was not welcoming the sun's heat; on the contrary I was comfortable with a slight breeze ruffling my skirts.
    • The building will also be sensitive to sun angles and heat and cold retention.
    • Their accumulation in the air traps heat and raises the temperature.
    1.2 (for cooking) on/over/at a low heat
    a fuego lento
    Example sentences
    • Because you are applying direct heat, skillet cooking will quickly cook vegetables and even meats such as chicken and beef.
    • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over moderate heat.
    • Cooking with cheese works well when using techniques that call for low heat and slow cooking.
    1.3 (heating) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The weakest part of a weldment is the base metal affected by the heat of welding.
    Example sentences
    • York City today turned up the heat on the local authority over its phased redevelopment plans for Huntington Stadium.
    • Critics of the plan turned up the heat in early March as the House Democratic Caucus passed a resolution criticizing the new structure.
    • There's no doubt that the federal authorities have turned up the heat throughout the financial community.
    1.4 (of curry, chili)
    lo picante
    lo picoso (Mexico)
    Example sentences
    • The two sources that appear via Google both suggest it is food noisy with heat.
    • The kind and amount of chili peppers you use will determine the chili's heat.
    • C-fibers convey to the central nervous system sensations of noxious heat and certain inflammatory signals.
  • 2 uncountable (excitement, passion) he spoke with some heat
    habló con cierto acaloramiento or con cierta vehemencia
    I realize you said it in the heat of the moment
    ya sé que lo dijiste en un momento de enojo ( or exaltación etc. )
    his article will generate more heat than light
    su artículo caldeará los ánimos pero no arrojará nueva luz sobre el tema
    his intervention took the heat out of the situation
    su intervención calmó los ánimos
    Example sentences
    • Anger was also a product of innate heat, which excitement and emotion agitated and caused to rise to the surface from the heart.
    • The red was a terrible sign, as that indicated heat, generally anger but sometimes some other kind of passion.
    • I rose from my chair, and I could feel my heat was flushed with anger.
  • 3 uncountable (pressure) [colloquial]to put the heat on somebody
    apretarle las clavijas a alguien [colloquial]
    to take the heat off somebody
    darle un respiro a alguien
    the heat is off
    ya ha pasado lo peor [colloquial]
  • 4 uncountable (estrus) to come into or (British) on heat
    ponerse en celo
    to be in or (British) on heat (animal)
    estar en celo
    (woman) [slang]
    estar caliente [vulgar]
  • 5 uncountable (police) (US) [slang] the heat
    la poli [colloquial]
    la pasma (Spain) [slang]
    la tira (Mexico) [slang]
    la cana (Río de la Plata) [slang]
    la tomba (Colombia) [slang]
    los pacos (Chile) [colloquial]
  • 6 countable (Sport)
    eliminatoria (feminine)
    prueba (feminine) eliminatoria
    Example sentences
    • Players from all but three of Britain's professional clubs will contest heats over 100 metres, followed by a final.
    • The first event for the Sri Lankans was the Men's 400 metres first round heats that were scheduled to be run at 9.45 p.m. Sri Lanka time last night.
    • That's 16 riders racing over 20 heats with a first-place run-off if necessary.

transitive verb

  • (house)
    Example sentences
    • Once the engine is warm and has heated up the radiator fluid, which in turn heats the vegetable oil, you can switch the engine to run on straight vegetable oil.
    • So even if you're contemplating dining on fruit and vegetables, it's better to heat them gently until warm.
    • Electromagnetic waves of radio frequency can make molecules vibrate and heat up - like microwaves heat food.

intransitive verb

  • calentarse

Phrasal verbs

heat through

1verb + adverb
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

heat up

1verb + adverb
the atmosphere in the committee room was heating up
se estaban caldeando los ánimos en la sala de juntas
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
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