intransitive verb
1. (to wake early) 
a. to get up early 
Mañana tengo que madrugar, así que creo que es mejor irme ahora.I have to get up early tomorrow, so I think it's better to leave now.
2. (to arrive early) 
El reloj marcó la medianoche y los fuegos artificiales madrugaron.After the clock struck midnight, it wasn't long before the fireworks started going off.
La película no estrena por otros tres días más, pero las críticas positivas madrugan.The movie doesn't come out for another three days, but the positive reviews have already started rolling in.
transitive verb
3. (colloquial) (to overtake) (Latin America) 
Me madrugaron con los lugares en la mesa.Everybody but me got a seat at the table.
Iba a mencionar eso, pero me madrugaste.I was going to mention that, but you beat me to it.
intransitive verb
1. (levantarse) 
a. to get up early 
2. (prov) 
no por mucho madrugar amanece más tempranotime must take its course
3. (prov) 
al que madruga, Dios le ayudathe early bird catches the worm
4. (ocurrir pronto) 
los goles madrugaronit wasn't long before the goals started flowing
intransitive verb
1 (levantarse temprano) (una vez) to get up early; get up at the crack of dawn; (por costumbre) to be an early riser
a quien madruga, Dios le ayuda the early bird catches the worm
no por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano time will take its course
2 (anticiparse) to be quick off the mark
3 (precipitarse) to jump the gun
transitive verb
madrugar a algn (adelantarse) to get in ahead of sb; (Centroamérica) (matar) to bump sb off (familiar)
Verb Conjugations for madrugar
Gerund: madrugando
Participle: madrugado
The irregular conjugations of this verb are in red.
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