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intransitive verb
1. (to move rhythmically)
a. to dance
Quiero bailar toda la noche.I want to dance all night long.
2. (not tight)
a. to be loose
Debo de haber perdido peso porque me bailan los pantalones.I must have lost weight, because my trousers are loose.
transitive verb
3. (to move rhythmically)
a. to dance
Ella baila salsa y bachata y está aprendiendo kizomba. She dances salsa and bachata and she's learning kizomba.
transitive verb
1. to dance
  • bailar una rumba to dance a rumba
  • es difícil bailar esta música it's difficult to dance to this music
  • que me quiten lo bailado (informal figurative) no one can take away the good times
intransitive verb
2. to dance (danzar)
  • ¿bailas? would you like to dance?
  • sacar a alguien a bailar to ask somebody to dance o for a dance
  • es otro que tal baila (informal figurative) he's just the same, he's no different
3. to be loose (no encajar)
  • le baila un diente he has a loose tooth
  • los pies me bailan (en los zapatos) my shoes are too big
intransitive verb
1 (danzar) to dance
a nosotros lo que nos gusta es bailar agarrado
sacar a algn a bailar to ask sb to dance; ask sb for a dance; le bailaban los ojos de alegría her eyes sparkled with happiness
este es otro que bien baila here's another one (of the same kind)
¡que me quiten lo bailado o bailao! nobody can take away the good times I've had!
bailar con la más fea
siempre me toca bailar con la más fea I always draw the short straw
bailar al son que tocan
los políticos bailan al son que le tocan los militares the politicians toe the line given them by the military
tienen que bailar al son que les toca el presidente
2 [+peonza] to spin (round)
3 [+mueble] to be wobbly; be unsteady
este armario baila un poco
4 [+ropa, calzado] to be miles too big (familiar)
he adelgazado y me bailan los pantalones I've lost weight and my trousers are miles too big for me (familiar)
te bailan los pies en esos zapatones
transitive verb
1 (danzar) to dance
bailar flamenco to dance flamenco; bailar el vals to waltz; dance the waltz; bailar un vals to dance a waltz
2 [+peonza] to spin
3 (Latinoamérica) (timar)
le bailaron la herencia they cheated her out of her inheritance
pronominal verb
bailarse a algn (México) to thrash sb
Verb Conjugations for bailar
Gerund: bailando
Participle: bailado
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