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Translation of trabajar in English:

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • 1 (en un empleo) to work empiezo a trabajar mañana I start work tomorrow ¿a qué hora entras a trabajar ? what time do you start work? el lunes no se trabaja Monday is a holiday trabajar por su cuenta or por cuenta propia to be self-employed los que trabajamos jornada completa or a tiempo completo those of us who work full-time trabajar fuera (de casa) or (América Latina/Latin America) trabajar afuera to go out to work trabajar en las minas/en el campo to work in o/or down the mines/on the land trabaja para una compañía extranjera she works for a foreign company trabajan a jornal fijo they are paid a fixed daily rate trabaja bien aunque le falta experiencia she does her job well o/or she's a good worker although she lacks experience los ponían a trabajar desde niños they were sent out to work from an early agetrabajar en algo ¿en qué trabajas? what do you do (for a living)?, what line are you in?, what sort of work do you do? trabaja en publicidad she works in o/or she is in advertising trabajar de orcomo algo to work as sth trabaja de camarero por las noches he works as a waiter in the evenings
  • 2 (en una tarea, actividad) to work deja de perder el tiempo y ponte a trabajar stop wasting time and start doing some work o/or get working voy a ir a trabajar un poco a la biblioteca I'm going to go and do some work in the library trabajó mucho he worked hard nos han tenido trabajando todo el día they've kept us (hard) at it all day [familiar/colloquial] trabajar en algo to work on sth estoy trabajando en una novela I'm working on a novel trabajamos en la búsqueda de una solución we are working on o/or working to find a solutiontrabajar en contra de/por algo trabajamos en contra de la aprobación de la ley we are working to prevent o/or we are trying to stop the law being passed siempre ha trabajado por la paz she has always worked for peace o/or to promote peace trabajar como una bestia or un negro or un enano or un chino [familiar/colloquial] to work like a slave, to work one's butt off (inglés norteamericano/American English) [familiar/colloquial], , to slog one's guts out (inglés británico/British English) [familiar/colloquial]
  • 4 (operar, funcionar) la empresa trabaja a pérdida the company is running o/or operating at a loss la fábrica está trabajando a tope the factory is working o/or operating at full capacity tienen mucha maquinaria ociosa, sin trabajar they have a lot of spare machinery standing idle los motores trabajan al máximo al despegar the engines work o operate o run at full throttle during take off haga trabajar su dinero make your money work for you hemos logrado que las mareas trabajen para nosotros we have succeeded in harnessing the tides el tiempo trabaja en contra nuestra/en nuestro favor time is (working) against us/is on our side un problema que hace trabajar el cerebro a problem which exercises the mind

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (trabajarse)


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