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transitive verb
1. to kill (quitar la vida a)
  • lo mataron a puñaladas he was stabbed to death
  • si se entera me mata (informal figurative) she'll kill me if she finds out
  • ¡me vas a matar a disgustos! you'll be the death of me!
  • estar o llevarse a matar (con alguien) to be at daggers drawn (with somebody)
  • matarlas callando (informal) to be up to something on the quiet
2. to slaughter (animal) (para consumo)
3. to tone down (apagar) (color) ; to slake, to quench (sed) ; to stave off (hambre) ; to put out (fuego)
4. to round (off) (redondear, limar)
pronominal verb
1. to die (morir)
  • se mató en un accidente de coche he was killed in a car accident
2. to kill oneself (suicidarse)
3. (esforzarse)
  • matarse trabajando,
  • matarse a trabajar to work oneself to death (peninsular Spanish)
  • matarse por hacer algo to kill oneself in order to do something
transitive verb
1 [+persona] to kill; [+reses, ganado] to kill; slaughter
la mató en un ataque de celos he killed her in a fit of jealousy; el jefe me va a matar the boss will kill me; matar a algn a golpes to beat sb to death
la mató de un cuchillazo / a cuchillazos
matar a algn a disgustos to make sb's life a misery; así me maten for the life of me; que me maten si ... I'll be damned if ...
matarlas callando to go about things slyly
entre todos la mataron (y ella sola se murió) they are all to blame
2 [+tiempo, pelota] to kill; [+sed] to quench; [+sello] to postmark; cancel; [+pieza] (en ajedrez) to take; [+cal] to slake; [+ángulo, borde] to file down; [+color] to dull
cómete una manzana para matar el hambre have an apple to keep you going
3 (molestar)
los zapatos me están matando these shoes are killing me (familiar); me mata tener que trabajar en sábado it's a pain having to work on a Saturday (familiar)
4 (sorprender)
¿se van a casar? ¡me has matado! they're getting married? you're kidding! (familiar)
intransitive verb
to kill
no matarás (Religión) thou shalt not kill; entrar a matar (Taur) to go in for the kill
estar o llevarse a matar con algn to be at daggers drawn with sb
pronominal verb
1 (suicidarse) to kill o.s.
se mató de un tiro he shot himself
2 (morir) to be killed; get killed
se mataron en un accidente de aviación they were killed in a plane crash
3 (esforzarse) to kill o.s.
convendría revisar estas facturas, pero no te mates these invoices need checking but don't kill yourself; matarse trabajando o a trabajar to kill o.s. with work; se mata para mantener a su familia he has to work like crazy to keep his family; se mata por sacar buenas notas he goes all out to get good marks
Verb Conjugations for matar
Gerund: matando
Participle: matado
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