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alcanzar

Translation of alcanzar in English:

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 [persona] (llegar a la altura de) to catch up with, to catch … up (inglés británico/British English) ; (pillar, agarrar) to catch a este paso no los vamos a alcanzar nunca at this rate we'll never catch up with them o/or catch them up ¡a que no me alcanzas! bet you can't catch me! [familiar/colloquial]
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    1.2 (en los estudios, en una tarea) to catch … up, to catch up with; (en estatura) to catch up with empecé después que tú y ya te alcancé I started after you and I've caught up with you already ¡qué alto está! cualquier día alcanzará a su hermano look how tall he's getting! he'll be catching up with his brother soon!
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  • 3 (acercar, pasar) alcanzarle algo a algn to pass sb sth, to pass sth to sb ¿me alcanzas ese libro? could you pass me that book?

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • 1 (llegar) está muy alto, no alcanzo it's too high, I can't reach it hasta donde alcanzaba la vista as far as the eye could see alcanzar a + infinitivo/infinitive to manage to + infinitivo/infinitive no alcanzó a terminar she didn't manage to finish hasta donde alcanzo a ver, la situación no tiene arreglo as far as I can see there's no solution algo que la mente humana no alcanza a entender something which the human mind cannot comprehend
  • 2 (ser suficiente) el pollo no alcanzará para todos there won't be enough chicken for everyone o/or to go round el sueldo no le alcanza he can't manage o/or get by on his salary me alcanzará hasta final de mes it will see me through to the end of the month no me alcanza el papel para envolver el regalo I haven't got enough paper to wrap the present in con que le des una limpiadita, alcanza if you give it a quick clean, that will do o/or that will be good enough

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