Quick answer
"Call" is a noun which is often translated as "la llamada", and "flush" is a noun which is often translated as "el rubor". Learn more about the difference between "call" and "flush" below.
call(
kal
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (telecommunications)
a. la llamada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I have to make a call to the bank as soon as it opens.Tengo que hacer una llamada al banco en cuanto abra.
b. el llamado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I got a call from someone in Buenos Aires.Recibí un llamado de alguien en Buenos Aires.
2. (cry)
a. la llamada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I heard a call for help in the woods.Oí una llamada de auxilio en el bosque.
b. el llamado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
They had no option but to respond to his call.No tuvieron otra opción más que acudir a su llamado.
c. el grito
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of an animal)
We wanted to explore the cave, but we heard a bear call from inside.Queríamos explorar la cueva, pero oímos un grito de oso desde el interior.
d. el canto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of a bird)
The mockingbird mimics the calls of other birds.El sinsonte imita los cantos de otros pájaros.
e. el reclamo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of a bird)
The bird's call lures the quails out when we go hunting.El reclamo del pájaro atrae a las codornices cuando salimos a cazar.
3. (summons or request)
a. el llamamiento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They settled under the threat of a strike call.Llegaron a un acuerdo bajo la amenaza de un llamamiento a la huelga.
b. el llamado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Community leaders issued a call to the public to attend a peace rally.Los líderes comunitarios hicieron un llamado al público para que asistieran a una manifestación por la paz.
c. la convocatoria
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The regulations require that the call to convene be published at least five days prior.Los reglamentos exigen que la convocatoria se publique con por lo menos cinco días de antelación.
4. (lure)
a. la llamada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The call of the sea pulled him away.Lo arrastró la llamada del mar.
5. (visit)
a. la visita
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Catherine paid her mother a call to see how she was doing.Catherine le hizo una visita a su mamá para ver cómo se encontraba.
b. la escala
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The ship’s first call will be in Puerto Vallarta.La primera escala del crucero será en Puerto Vallarta.
6. (religious)
a. la llamada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Carlos has decided to answer the call to become a priest.Carlos ha decidido responder a la llamada a ser sacerdote.
7. (reason)
a. el motivo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There was no call for sending that letter.No hubo motivo para enviar esa carta.
b. la necesidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There was no call for such rudeness, young man. Apologize to your sister.No hubo necesidad de tal grosería jovencito. Pídele disculpas a tu hermana.
8. (demand)
a. la demanda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
With these hot days we’ve been having, there’s not much call for sweaters.Con estos días de calor que hemos tenido, no hay mucha demanda de suéteres.
9. (cards)
a. la declaración
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Whose call is it?¿A quién le toca la declaración?
10. (military)
a. el toque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Halfway through the massacre, the call to retreat was sounded.A mitad de la masacre, se sonó el toque de retirada.
11. (sports)
a. la decisión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The fans are not happy with the referee’s call.Los aficionados no están contentos con la decisión del árbitro.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
12. (to telephone)
a. llamar
Are you going to call your mom on Mother's Day? - Of course I am.¿Vas a llamar a tu mamá en el Día de las Madres? - Por supuesto que sí.
b. telefonear
He calls his children every night when he's on a business trip.Telefonea a sus hijos todas las noches cuando está en viajes de negocios.
13. (to shout)
a. llamar
I thought I heard someone calling me but I must have imagined it.Creí que oí a alguien llamándome pero debí imaginarlo.
14. (to name)
a. llamar
What are they going to call her?¿Cómo la van a llamar?
b. poner de nombre
They're going to call him Francisco.Le van a poner Francisco de nombre.
c. llamarse
What do you call a chair in German?¿Cómo se llama una silla en alemán?
15. (to consider)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He took a weekend course and now he calls himself an expert.Tomó un curso de fin de semana y ahora se considera un experto.
How's the food at the new restaurant? - I wouldn't call it bad, but it isn't good either.¿Qué tal es la comida del restaurante nuevo? - No diría que es mala, pero tampoco buena.
16. (to summon)
a. llamar
Honey, can you call the children in for dinner please?Cariño, ¿puedes llamar a los niños a cenar por favor?
b. convocar
We called this meeting to discuss a very pressing issue.Convocamos esta reunión para discutir un asunto muy apremiante.
c. hacer venir a
If she goes into shock, you’ll need to call the doctor.Si entra en shock, tendrás que hacer venir al médico.
17. (to awaken)
a. despertar
I asked the front desk to call me at 6:00 am.Le pedí a la recepción que me llamara a las 6:00 am.
18. (cards)
a. declarar
Rodney called a double.Rodney declaró un doble.
19. (to end)
a. suspender (sports)
They called the game due to bad weather.Suspendieron el partido debido al mal tiempo.
20. (to demand payment of)
a. exigir
After three months of failing to pay, the bank can call the loan.Después de tres meses de no pagar, el banco puede exigir el pago del préstamo.
21. (sports)
a. pitar
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The ref called Jonathan for traveling.El árbitro pitó pasos a Jonathan.
b. cobrar
I don't understand why this ref never calls penalties on Brazilian teams!No entiendo por qué este árbitro nunca les cobra penal a los equipos brasileros.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
22. (to telephone)
a. llamar
Is John home? - Who's calling?¿Se encuentra John? - ¿Quién llama?
23. (to attract attention)
a. pedir
She called for help when she woke up from the accident.Pidió ayuda al despertar del accidente.
b. llamar
Maria called to her friends to come outside to see the beautiful sunset.María llamó a sus amigos a salir a ver la hermosa puesta de sol.
24. (to visit)
a. pasar
Aunt Lupe is planning to call on us later today.Tía Lupe está planeando pasar a vernos hoy al rato.
b. venir
I really appreciate you calling on me. You’ve been very helpful.Muchas gracias por venir. Me has ayudado mucho.
c. visitar
We must remember to call on you when we travel to London in the spring.Tenemos que recordar visitarte cuando viajemos a Londres en la primavera.
25. (cards)
a. ver (in poker)
Are you going to call or fold?¿Vas a ver o retirarte?
b. declarar (in bridge)
It’s your turn to call.Te toca declarar.
26. (to appeal to)
a. apelar
The coaches of both teams called on fans to avoid the use of insulting language.Los entrenadores de ambos equipos apelaron a los fanáticos a evitar el uso de palabras groseras.
b. recurrir
I think it’s time to call on your friend in the senate to see if he can help.Creo que es hora de recurrir a tu amigo en el senado para ver si puede ayudar.
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flush(
fluhsh
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (reddish color)
a. el rubor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He felt a flush spread to his cheeks when the teacher called his name in class.Sintió que el rubor se extendia por sus mejillas cuando el profesor lo llamó por su nombre en clase.
b. el sonrojo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She said that his comments didn't bother her, but the flush on her face proved otherwise.Dijo que sus comentarios no le molestaban, pero el sonrojo de su cara decía lo contrario.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The woman was extremely thin, and she had a feverish flush.La mujer era delgada en extremo y estaba roja por la fiebre.
When Susan looked at him, an uneasy flush came to his face.Cuando Susan lo miró, él se sonrojó incómodo.
2. (sudden feeling)
a. el arrebato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It seems unwise to make important decisions when you're in a flush of anger like this.Parece imprudente tomar decisiones importantes en medio de un arrebato de rabia como este.
3. (toilet mechanism)
a. la cisterna
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He broke the handle and now the toilet's flush is not working.Rompió el tirador y ahora la cisterna del inodoro no funciona.
b. la descarga
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Our toilet is broken, so every time you use it, you need two flushes.Nuestro inodoro se rompió, así que cada vez que lo usas, necesitas dos descargas.
4. (poker)
a. el color
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I can't remember. Does a flush beat a straight?No recuerdo: el color ¿le gana a la escalera?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to pour liquid)
a. echar agua (toilet)
I know there were a lot of complaints this morning. Do you know if the toilet is flushing now?Sé que había muchas quejas esta mañana. ¿Sabes si el inodoro echa agua ahora?
6. (to turn red)
a. ruborizarse
He flushed at the thought of having to explain to his mother why he missed her birthday party.Se ruborizó al pensar que tendría que explicarle a su madre por qué se había perdido su fiesta de cumpleaños.
b. sonrojarse
We all saw Diego flush when Sara asked him to go out with her.Todos vimos a Diego sonrojarse cuando Sara le pidió que saliera con ella.
c. ponerse colorado
He flushed out of embarrassment when the teacher discovered that he had not done his homework.Se puso colorado de vergüenza cuando el profesor descubrió que no había hecho su tarea.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to dispose of toilet waste)
a. tirar
If you flush too much toilet paper, you will clog the drain.Si tiras demasiado papel higiénico, vas a tapar el desagüe.
b. tirar de la cadena
Make sure you wash your hands after you flush the toilet.Asegúrate de que te lavas las manos después de tirar de la cadena.
8. (to drive out)
a. levantar
The hunters scoured the woods on horseback for the fox, after their dogs flushed it from cover.Los cazadores buscaban al zorro por todo el bosque a caballo después de que los perros lo levantaran de su refugio.
b. hacer salir
The cops flushed the fugitives from the abandoned building with smoke flares.La policía hizo salir a los fugitivos del edificio abandonado con bengalas de humo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9. (level)
a. alineado
When you park, try to place the car flush with the sidewalk.Al estacionar, trata de colocar el coche alineado con la acera.
b. al ras
The screw has to be perfectly flush with the surface.El tornillo debe quedar perfectamente al ras de la superficie.
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(with money)
a. forrado
Luckily, our department is flush with cash, so we don't have to submit any grant proposals this year.Por suerte, nuestro departamento está forrado de dinero, así que no tenemos que enviar ninguna propuesta de subvención este año.
b. andar bien de dinero
His family was flush after he reached the settlement in court.Su familia andaba bien de dinero después de llegar a un acuerdo en los tribunales.
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