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American English: /straɪk/
British English: /strʌɪk/

Translation of strike in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense & past participle struck

  • 1 1.1 (hit)
    pegarle a
    he struck the child on the face
    le pegó al niño en la cara
    who struck the first blow?
    ¿quién dio or pegó el primer golpe?
    to strike somebody a blow
    darle un golpe a alguien
    golpear a alguien
    he struck me a blow on the head
    me dio un golpe or me golpeó en la cabeza
    strike the keys evenly
    pulse las teclas uniformemente
    he struck his fist on the table o he struck the table with his fist
    golpeó la mesa con el puño
    pegó or dio un puñetazo en la mesa
    1.2 (collide with, fall on)
    (wall/tree) (vehicle)
    chocar or dar contra
    pegar or dar contra
    the ship struck a rock
    el barco chocó or dio contra una roca
    I struck my head on the beam
    me di (un golpe) en la cabeza contra la viga
    the tree was struck by lightning
    el árbol fue alcanzado por un rayo
    cayó un rayo en el árbol
    he was struck by a bullet
    fue alcanzado por una bala
    a dull moan struck her ear [literary]
    un gemido apagado llegó hasta sus oídos
  • 2 2.1 (attack)
    caer sobre
    2.2 (afflict) See examples: her death struck me hard
    su muerte fue un gran golpe para mí
    they were struck with remorse
    se llenaron de remordimiento
    I was struck with astonishment
    me quedé paralizado de asombro
    Example sentences
    • Since 1900, moderately damaging earthquakes have struck the seismic zone every few decades.
    • The infectious disease struck eight of her family members, taking the lives of her mother and father.
    • From your extensive music collection, what five CDs would you save in the event of some natural disaster striking your home?
  • 3 3.1 (cause to become) See examples: to strike somebody blind/dumb
    dejar ciego/mudo a alguien
    I was struck dumb when I saw what she'd done
    me quedé muda or sin habla cuando vi lo que había hecho
    to strike somebody dead
    matar a alguien
    3.2 (introduce) See examples: to strike fear/terror into somebody
    infundirle miedo/terror a alguien
    it struck doubt into their minds
    los hizo dudar
    hizo que los asaltaran las dudas
    Example sentences
    • We received a press release this morning which struck such fear into our hearts we decided that we had to let you, the innocent public, know of its existence as quickly as possible, in order to avoid mass panic.
    • But it was the highest level since Tokyo began keeping track in 1953, and struck a deep chill into the hearts of many Japanese.
    • Well, I think this probably struck a little fear into the heart of the regime.
    Example sentences
    • She finds it easy to talk to the strangers she meets in her restless wanderings, knowing nothing about them and caring less, but she is struck dumb in the face of her mute daughter.
    • Before I am struck dumb by incredulity, you might like to know that this test was carried out in the name of research into the theory that women sniff out ideal mates.
    • Enter the Jaya Marthanda gates and you are struck dumb by the perfect proportions and sweep of the palace, though you may be visiting it for the 20th time.
  • 4 4.1 (occur to)
    ocurrirse + me/te/le etc
    an awful thought struck me
    se me ocurrió algo terrible
    algo terrible me vino a la mente
    it strikes me (that) …
    me da la impresión de que …
    se me ocurre que …
    inspiration struck me in the shower
    me vino la inspiración en la ducha
    the funny side of the situation struck me afterwards
    más tarde le pude ver el lado cómico a la situación
    4.2 (impress)
    parecerle a
    how did she strike you?
    ¿qué impresión te causó?
    ¿qué te pareció (a ti)?
    it strikes me as odd
    me parece raro
    she struck Paul as lazy
    a Paul le dio la impresión de ser perezosa
    a Paul le pareció perezosa
  • 5 5.1
    later we struck the right path
    luego dimos con el buen camino
    to strike it lucky
    tener un golpe de suerte
    to strike it rich
    hacer fortuna
    tropezar con
    you have struck a bad week for weather
    te ha tocado una semana de mal tiempo
  • 7 7.1 (Music)
    the clock has just struck the hour/five (o'clock)
    el reloj acaba de dar la hora/las cinco
  • 8 (enter into, arrive at) See examples: to strike a deal
    llegar a un acuerdo
    cerrar un trato
    to strike a balance between …
    encontrar el justo equilibrio entre …
  • 10 (take down)
    to strike camp
    levantar el campamento
    to strike the set
    desmontar los decorados
  • 11 (delete) the remark was struck from o out of the transcript
    el comentario se suprimió de la transcripción
    his name was struck off the register
    se borró su nombre del registro
    see also strike off

intransitive verb past tense & past participle struck

  • 1 (hit)
    asestar un golpe
    he collapsed as the bullet struck
    se desplomó al ser alcanzado por la bala
    he always strikes with deadly accuracy
    sus golpes son siempre tremendamente certeros
    lightning never strikes in the same place twice
    los rayos nunca caen dos veces en el mismo sitio
    (to be) within striking distance (of something)
    (estar) a un paso (de algo)
    to strike lucky (British English)
    tener un golpe de suerte
  • 2 2.1 (attack)
    caer sobre su presa
    he stood, sword in hand, poised to strike
    esperaba, espada en mano, listo para atacar
    Banks struck in the seventh minute (Sport)
    Banks marcó en el séptimo minuto
    to strike at something/somebody
    atacar algo/a alguien
    she struck at him with a knife
    lo atacó con un cuchillo
    2.2 (happen suddenly)
    then inspiration struck
    entonces me inspiré ( or nos inspiramos etc)
  • 3 (withdraw labor)
    declararse en huelga or (especially Latin America) en paro
    they're threatening to strike
    amenazan con ir a la huelga
    amenazan con hacer huelga or (especially Latin America) hacer un paro
    to strike for higher pay
    hacer huelga or (especially Latin America) hacer un paro por reivindicaciones salariales
    they were striking in sympathy with the miners
    estaban en or de huelga en solidaridad con los mineros
    estaban en or de paro en solidaridad con los mineros (especially Latin America)
  • 4 4.1 (move)
    we struck across country
    enfilamos or nos dirigimos campo a través
    to strike (off) left/right
    dirigirse or enfilar a la izquierda/derecha
    4.2 (penetrate)


  • 1 (stoppage) to be on strike
    estar en or de huelga
    estar en or de paro (especially Latin America)
    to call a strike
    convocar una huelga
    to come out o go (out) on strike
    ir a la huelga
    ir al paro (especially Latin America)
    declararse en paro (especially Latin America)
    to break a strike official/unofficial strike
    huelga or (especially Latin America) paro oficial/no oficial
    general/selective strike
    huelga or (especially Latin America) paro general/parcial
    hunger strike (before noun) to take strike action
    ir a la huelga
    strike ballot o vote
    votación (feminine) de huelga
    strike fund
    fondo (masculine) de resistencia
    Example sentences
    • It is a slap in the face for those employees who went on strike for better pay.
    • Eight months after the Conservatives were elected in Ontario, provincial employees went on strike for the first time ever.
    • Taxi drivers and shop owners went on strike yesterday to protest what the opposition says was widespread rigging of the elections.
  • 2 (find) a lucky strike [colloquial]
    un golpe de suerte
    Example sentences
    • The data is used to test a range of hypotheses about the correlates of mining strikes.
    • The museum is located in Mariposa, which had some of the Gold Country's richest strikes.
    • Tracey and Pete went out looking for any signs of a gold strike or something, anything of value in the land.
  • 3 (attack)
    Example sentences
    • Now, he has added the threat of preemptive military strikes.
    • The reader is led to believe that Stalin oriented his military commanders toward a preemptive strike by the Red Army.
    • Are we to understand that they, also, are entitled to launch massive military strikes against their attackers?
  • 4 (Sport) 4.1 (in bowling) 4.2 (in baseball)
    strike (masculine)
    strike three!
    ¡strike tres!
    to have two strikes against one (American English)
    Example sentences
    • By the time the batter swung, strike three was already in the catcher's mitt.
    • Down to his final strike, he swung late at a fast ball and lofted a pop-up down the third base line.
    • The batter is automatically out for a hunt foul on a third strike.
    Example sentences
    • I needed three strikes to win, and I threw three good balls and got strikes.
    • No one throws a strike every ball, which is why filling frames is very important.
    • Throwing strikes is great because you knock down all 10 pins and don't have to shoot a spare.

Phrasal verbs

strike back

verb + adverb
to strike back (at somebody) (Military) he struck back at his critics
devolvió el golpe a sus detractores

strike down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 [literary]she was struck down with cholera
fue abatida por el cólera [literary]
she was struck down in her prime
su vida fue segada en flor [literary]
(American English) (Law)

strike home

verb + adverb
then the full significance of the incident struck home
entonces nos dimos ( or se dio etc) cuenta de la trascendencia del incidente

strike off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (delete) 1.2 (disqualify)
(British English) (doctor/lawyer)
prohibirle el ejercicio de la profesión a
1.3 (Printing)

strike on

verb + preposition + object
I/he struck on a plan
se me/le ocurrió un plan

strike out

1verb + adverb 1.1 (physically, verbally) See examples:to strike out (at somebody/something) 1.2 (set out, proceed)
emprender el camino or la marcha
to strike out for somethingthey struck out for the summit/for home
emprendieron el camino hacia la cumbre/de regreso
to strike out on one's own
ponerse a trabajar por cuenta propia
1.3 (in baseball)
1.4 (fail)
(American English)
darse de narices [colloquial]
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (remove from list) 2.2 (in baseball)

strike through

verb + adverb + object

strike up

1verb + adverb + object 1.1 (begin) to strike up a friendship with somebody
entablar or trabar amistad con alguien
I struck up a conversation with him
entablé conversación con él
1.2 (start to play)
empezar a tocar
2verb + adverb
empezar a tocar

strike upon

strike on

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