tragar
transitive verb
1. (ingerir, creer) 
a. to swallow 
2. (absorber) 
a. to swallow up 
3. (colloquial) 
a. to put up with 
no la puedo tragar o no la tragoI can't stand her
4. (colloquial) 
a. to devour, to guzzle 
intransitive verb
5. (ingerir) 
a. to swallow 
6. (colloquial) 
a. to give in 
tragarse
pronominal verb
7. (ingerir, creerse) 
a. to swallow 
8. (fig) 
se tuvo que tragar sus propias palabrashe had to swallow his words
se tragó el cuentohe swallowed the story
9. (disimular) 
a. to swallow 
10. (lágrimas) 
a. to choke back 
11. (colloquial) 
no se traganthey can't stand each other
tragar
transitive verb
1 [+comida, bebida] to swallow
un poco de agua te ayudará a tragar la pastilla the tablet will be easier to swallow with a little water; nunca he visto a nadie tragar tanta comida I've never seen anyone put away so much food (familiar); le molesta la garganta al tragar saliva her throat bothers her when she swallows hard
tragó saliva antes de contestar
me insultó, pero tragué saliva por respeto a su padre he insulted me, but I bit my tongue out of respect for his father
2 (absorber) to soak up
esta tierra traga el agua rápidamente this ground soaks the water up very quickly
3 (gastar) to use
este coche traga mucha gasolina this car uses a lot of petrol o guzzles (familiar) petrol
4 (aguantar) [+insultos, reprimenda] to put up with
le ha hecho tragar mucho a su mujer his wife has had to put up with a lot; no puedo tragar a tu hermano I can't stand your brother
5 (creer) to swallow (familiar); fall for (familiar)
nadie se va a tragar esa historia nobody is going to swallow o fall for that story (familiar)
intransitive verb
1 (engullir)
tu hijo traga que da gusto your son really enjoys o loves his food
2 (creer) to swallow (familiar); fall for (familiar)
—¿han tragado? —no, no se han creído nada "did they swallow it o fall for it?" — "no, they didn't believe a word" (familiar)
pronominal verb
tragarse
1 [+comida, bebida] to swallow
se lo tragó entero he swallowed it whole; el perro se ha tragado un hueso the dog has swallowed a bone; eso me lo trago en dos minutos I could put that away in no time (familiar)
2 (absorber) [+arena, tierra] to soak up; [+mar, abismo] to swallow up; engulf
3 [+teléfono, máquina] to swallow
la máquina del café se me ha tragado todas las monedas the coffee machine has swallowed all my change
4 (aguantar) [+insultos, reprimenda] to put up with
tuvo que tragarse las amenazas de su jefe he had to put up with his boss's threats; siempre tengo que tragarme los problemas de los demás I always have to sit and listen to other people's problems; pone la tele y se traga todo lo que le echen he puts the TV on and watches anything that's on
5 (creer) to swallow (familiar); fall for (familiar)
se tragará todo lo que se le diga he'll swallow o fall for whatever he's told (familiar)
6 (reprimir)
tragarse las lágrimas to hold back one's tears; tragarse el orgullo to swallow one's pride
Verb Conjugations for tragar
Gerund: tragando
Participle: tragado
The irregular conjugations of this verb are in red.
Indicative
PresentPreteriteImperfectConditionalFuture
yotragotraguétragabatragaríatragaré
tragastragastetragabastragaríastragarás
él/ella/Ud.tragatragótragabatragaríatragará
nosotrostragamostragamostragábamostragaríamostragaremos
vosotrostragáistragasteistragabaistragaríaistragaréis
ellos/ellas/Uds.tragantragarontragabantragaríantragarán
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