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Pronunciation: /spɑːt; spɒt/

Translation of spot in Spanish:


  • 1 countable/numerable 1.1 (dot — on material) lunar (masculine), mota (feminine), pepa (feminine) (Colombia) (Venezuela) [colloquial/familiar]; (— on animal's skin) mancha (feminine) a blue tie with white spots una corbata azul a or con lunares blancos ( or con motas blancas etc) I keep seeing spots before my eyes veo como manchas to knock spots off sth/sb [colloquial/familiar] darle* cien or cien mil vueltas a algo/algn [colloquial/familiar], darle* sopas con honda(s) a algo/algn (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Their fur, feathers and skins, wonderfully textured and coloured, the symmetry of the patterns they make and the exquisite arrays of stripes and spots are there to be emulated.
    • These spots have raised centers that may develop on either surface of the leaf but are more common on the lower surface.
    • Affected stems often have reddish-brown spots or streaks.
    1.2 (blemish, stain) mancha (feminine) spots of ink manchas de tinta a reputation without spot or stain [literary/literario] una reputación impecable or [literary/literario] sin tacha
    Example sentences
    • An infestation can sometimes be recognized by blood stains and dark spots of excreta.
    • Here ink spots clearly are ink spots, and Kalina employs them in a carefree punctuation that sets up a joyful rhythm across the sheet.
    • In his nervousness, he cut himself, standing back and watching the blood trickle down his cheek; a small spot settling on the collar of his shirt.
    1.3 (pimple) (British English/inglés británico) grano (masculine), espinilla (feminine) (Latin America/América Latina) , pepa (feminine) (Venezuela) [colloquial/familiar] she broke out o came out in spots le salieron granos 1.4
    (beauty spot)
    lunar (masculine)
  • 2 2.1 countable/numerable (location, place) lugar (masculine), sitio (masculine) a delightful spot by the river un lugar or un sitio precioso a orillas del río extra police were rushed to the spot refuerzos policiales fueron enviados con urgencia al lugar de los disturbios ( or del siniestro etc) don't move from that spot until I get back no te muevas de ahí hasta que vuelva on the spot firemen were quickly on the spot los bomberos se presentaron sin demora en el lugar del siniestro and now a report from our woman on the spot y ahora un informe de nuestra enviada especial (desde el lugar de los hechos) he had to decide on the spot tuvo que decidir en ese mismo momento she was fired on the spot la despidieron en el acto they were killed on the spot los mataron allí mismo on-the-spot fine[ multa que se paga en el acto ] to be rooted to the spot quedarse clavado en el sitio or paralizado 2.2 (difficult situation) in a (tight) spot en apuros, en un lío, en un aprieto we're in a bit of a spot here estamos metidos en un apuro or lío or aprieto to help sb out of a tight spot sacar* a algn de un apuro or aprieto to put sb on the spot poner* a algn en un apuro or aprieto
  • 3 countable/numerable (of character, personality) punto (masculine) science is my weak spot las ciencias son mi punto débil or no son mi fuerte you've touched a rather sore spot there has puesto el dedo en la llaga to have a soft spot for sb/sth [colloquial/familiar] tener* debilidad por algn/algo to hit the spot (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) caer* muy bien
  • 4 4.1 (drop) gota (feminine) 4.2 (small amount) (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] (no plural/sin plural) do you fancy a spot of supper? ¿quieres cenar algo? we had a spot of trouble with the car tuvimos un problemita or un pequeño contratiempo con el coche the garden could do with a spot of rain al jardín le vendría bien que lloviera un poco
    Example sentences
    • Davis brings a beautifully written character to life without a spot of bother, and she makes a wonderful addition to the Spaced cast.
    • Treating me to a spot of food and a fresh coffee in the garden, he started to explain why you should choose to use your art to make political statements.
    • It is not simply schoolchildren who benefit from a spot of Mozart.
  • 5 countable/numerable [Radio] [Television/Televisión] 5.1 (time) espacio (masculine) a weekly spot on TV un espacio semanal en televisión a commercial spot un spot publicitario, una cuña publicitaria, un anuncio 5.2 (part) papel (masculine) he had a guest spot in the program apareció como invitado en el programa
    Example sentences
    • Finally, the one bright spot amongst the added features is a five-minute excerpt from the boys' appearance at the 1997 Cable Ace Awards.
    • About the only bright spot is the colorful feature starring Lewis Van Dercar.
    • One bright spot is simply that hard-core rap has knocked out such unmusical predecessors as heavy metal and punk.
    Example sentences
    • He crawled, looking for a secluded spot like the Tall Soldier had.
    • It's a wonder how all of this art, architecture and creativity ended up in such a secluded spot.
    • Garbled details would be passed on by word of mouth and soon convoys of hatchbacks would head out for sunrise sessions in motorway service stations and picnic spots.
  • 6 countable/numerable (position, job) (American English/inglés norteamericano) puesto (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • The audio archives section contains radio spots and full songs related to the film.
    • On the other side are the easily deluded, the ones who believe that a hit single or a television spot circumvents money to actually purchase happiness.
    • Aardman has subsequently worked on a number of advertisements, the most distinctive of which are probably the Lurpak spots featuring a character made of butter named Douglas.
  • 7 [Sport/Deporte] 7.1 (in billiards) punto (masculine) 7.2 (in soccer)
    (penalty spot)
    punto (masculine) de penalty or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) de penal
  • 9 (note) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [slang/argot], billete (masculine) a ten-/five-spot un billete de diez/cinco

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-tt-)

  • 1 [error] descubrir*; [bargain] encontrar* he finally spotted her in the crowd al final la vio or la divisó or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) la ubicó entre el gentío he's good at spotting talent sabe reconocer talento donde lo hay see if you can spot the difference a ver si te das cuenta de cuál es la diferencia you didn't spot half the mistakes dejaste pasar or no descubriste más de la mitad de las faltas he always spots the winner siempre adivina quién/cuál va a ganar
  • 2 (mark) (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) manchar his tie was spotted with blood tenía la corbata manchada or salpicada de sangre

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (-tt-)

  • [material/surface] mancharse

impersonal verb/verbo impersonal (-tt-)

  • (British English/inglés británico) lloviznar, chispear it's spotting with rain está lloviznando or [colloquial/familiar] chispeando, están cayendo unas gotas


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