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Translation of pedir in English:

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 [dinero/ayuda] to ask for pidieron un préstamo al banco they asked the bank for a loan pidió permiso para salir she asked permission to leave me pidió consejo he asked my advice, he asked me for advice pide limosna a la puerta de la iglesia he begs (for money) at the church door préstamelo, te lo pido por favor please lend it to me si no me lo pides por favor no te lo doy I won't give it to you unless you say please o/or unless you ask nicely pedir algo prestado ver prestado nadie te ha pedido (tu) opinión nobody asked (for) your opinion me pidió disculpas or perdón por lo que había hecho he apologized for what he had done pídele perdón a tu padre apologize to o/or say you're sorry to your father ¿quién eres tú para venir a pedirme cuentas or explicaciones? who do you think you are, asking me to justify my actions? pedir hora to make an appointment pedir la palabra to ask for permission to speak pide cuatro años de cárcel para los acusados he is asking for a four-year sentence for the accused es un sitio donde se come barato y bien, no se puede pedir más it's the sort of place where you can eat cheaply and well, what more could you ask for? o/or it's ideal está haciendo todo lo posible, no se le puede pedir más she's doing all she can, you can't ask for more than that o/or that's all you can askpedir que + subjuntivo/subjunctive me pidió que le comprara el periódico he asked me to buy him the newspaper pidió que lo trasladaran he asked to be transferred boca 1.2 (en un bar, restaurante) to order pedimos pescado de segundo we ordered fish for our second course pide la cuenta y nos vamos ask for o/or get the check (inglés norteamericano/American English) o/or (inglés británico/British English) bill and we can go
  • 3 (para casarse) pedir a una mujer en matrimonio to ask for a woman's hand in marriage [formal] le pedí la mano de su hija I asked for his daughter's hand in marriage [formal], I asked to marry his daughter vino a pedir a mi hermana he came to ask if he could marry my sister

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (pedirse)

  • [lenguaje infantil/child language] to have dibs on (inglés norteamericano/American English) [familiar/colloquial], , to bags (inglés británico/British English) [familiar/colloquial] me pido la cama de arriba I have dibs on the top bunk, I bags the top bunk

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