Quick answer
"Crawl" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "gatear", and "pull" is a noun which is often translated as "el jalón". Learn more about the difference between "crawl" and "pull" below.
crawl(
kral
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to creep)
a. gatear
She is worried because her baby doesn't crawl yet.Está preocupada porque su bebé todavía no gatea.
The kids are crawling underneath the jungle gym in the park.Los niños están gateando por debajo de los juegos infantiles en el parque.
b. andar a gatas
Our baby started to crawl a month ago.Nuestro bebé comenzó a andar a gatas hace un mes.
2. (to slither)
a. arrastrarse
The wounded soldier crawled behind the tank for cover.El soldado herido se arrastró detrás del tanque para protegerse.
3. (to go slowly)
a. avanzar lentamente
Cars are crawling because of construction on the road ahead.Los coches avanzan lentamente por obras en la carretera más adelante.
b. ir a paso de tortuga
We won't arrive in time if you keep crawling.No llegaremos a tiempo si sigues yendo a paso de tortuga.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(to demean oneself) (United Kingdom)
a. arrastrarse
He has been crawling to his boss to get a raise.Se ha estado arrastrando ante su jefe para conseguir un aumento.
b. rebajarse
Never crawl to somebody because you want something from them.Nunca te rebajes ante nadie porque necesites algo de ellos.
5. (to teem; used with "with")
a. plagar de
This hotel is crawling with rats!¡Este hotel está plagado de ratas!
b. infestar de
The kitchen was crawling with ants and flies.La cocina estaba infestada de hormigas y moscas.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (slow pace)
a. el paso de tortuga
(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).
We'll never arrive if you keep going at a crawl!¡No vamos a llegar nunca si sigues caminando a paso de tortuga!
7. (swimming)
a. el crol
(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).
When I want to be fast in the pool, I swim crawl.Cuando quiero ir rápido en la piscina, nado a crol.
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pull(
pool
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (tug)
a. el jalón
(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)
The kid gave her little brothers's hair a pull.La niña le dio un jalón al pelo de su hermano.
b. el tirón
(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 Spain
(Spain)
I had to give the drawer a pull because it was stuck.Tuve que darle un tirón al cajón porque estaba atascado.
c. el golpe
(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).
The greater the reach, the greater the pull of the oars, creating more thrust through the water.Cuanto mayor sea el alcance, mayor será el golpe de los remos, creando más empuje en el agua.
2. (force)
a. la fuerza
(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 pull of gravity lessens as the rocket travels further from the planet.La fuerza de la gravedad disminuye a medida que el cohete se aleja del planeta.
b. la atracción
(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 pull of a simple life made him go and live in the countryside.La atracción de llevar una vida sencilla hizo que se fuera a vivir al campo.
3. (portion)
a. la chupada
(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).
(smoking)
He drew a last pull of the cigarette before he started speaking.Le dio una última chupada al cigarrillo antes de empezar a hablar.
b. el trago
(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).
(beverage)
She slammed the door, dropped her purse, and took a pull from a bottle of vodka.Cerró la puerta de golpe, dejó caer la bolsa y tomó un trago de una botella de vodka.
4. (influence)
a. la influencia
(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).
Alvaro has a lot of pull at city hall.Álvaro tiene mucha influencia en el ayuntamiento.
5. (difficult journey)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Biking up Torrey Pines was a hard pull up the hill.Subir la colina de Torrey Pines en bicicleta fue difícil.
She drove a long pull from California to Georgia.Manejó un largo trecho de California a Georgia.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to drag)
a. jalar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Timmy pulled his toy wagon behind him.Timmy jalaba su vagón de juguete detrás de él.
b. tirar
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Four white horses pulled the bride's carriage up to the church.Cuatro caballos blancos tiraron del carruaje de la novia hasta la iglesia.
7. (to tug)
a. tirar
She jumped out of the plane and pulled the parachute cord.Saltó del avión y tiró de la correa del paracaídas.
b. apretar
Fernanda pulled the trigger and popped off a few rounds on the range.Fernanda apretó el gatillo y disparó unas cuantas balas al campo de tiro.
c. jalar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Jeff pulled the ribbon on his gift box and tore away the wrapping paper.Jeff jaló la cinta de su caja de regalo y arrancó el papel de envoltura.
d. halar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Julian pulled the rope backstage out of curiosity, and brought the lights down.Julián haló la cuerda que había entre bastidores por curiosidad y cayeron las luces.
e. remar (nautical)
The team pulled the oars in unison.El equipo remaba al unísono.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to attract)
a. atraer
We need a bigger sign to pull more customers.Necesitamos un letrero más grande para atraer más clientes.
9. (to extract)
a. sacar
Robin pulled the cork out of the bottle and served the wine.Robin sacó el corcho de la botella y sirvió el vino.
b. arrancar
Mr. Jones pulled the weeds from his garden.El señor Jones arrancó la maleza del jardín.
c. servir (a drink)
The bartender pulled a pint and handed it to his customer.El barman sirvió una cerveza y se la pasó a su cliente.
10. (to injure)
a. sufrir un tirón en
I pulled my calf when I went running this morning.Sufrí un tirón en la pantorrilla cuando fui a correr esta mañana.
b. desgarrar
I think I pulled a muscle when I lifted that heavy box.Creo que me desgarré un músculo al levantar esa caja pesada.
11. (sports)
a. golpear hacia la izquierda
He pulled the ball and the umpire called a foul.Golpeó la pelota hacia la izquierda y el árbitro pitó falta.
12. (to cancel)
a. cancelar
I can't believe they pulled that program after only three episodes.No me puedo creer que hayan cancelado ese programa después de tan solo tres episodios.
13. (printing)
a. imprimir
The printer pulled four proofs before deciding which to run.El impresor imprimió cuatro pruebas antes de decidir cuál publicar.
14. (to carry out)
a. pretender
What are you trying to pull Hugo?¿Qué es lo que pretendes, Hugo?
b. hacer
I don't know what you're trying to pull, but I'm not going to let you get away with it.No sé lo que pretendes hacer, pero no voy a dejar que te salgas con la tuya.
15. (to tear)
a. hacer trizas
Rodney pulled the old wallpaper off the wall.Rodney hizo trizas el viejo papel pintado de la pared.
16. (to draw)
a. sacar
The cowboy pulled a gun in the last scene of the film.El vaquero sacó una pistola en la última escena de la película.
17.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(to flirt with) (United Kingdom)
a. ligarse
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Sean says he can't wait to pull some birds this weekend.Sean dice que no puede esperar para ligarse a unas chicas este fin de semana.
b. levantarse
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Kyle shows off his Mercedes key ring at the bar in an attempt to pull birds.Kyle presume con su llavero de Mercedes en el bar en un intento de levantarse a las chicas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
18. (to use oars)
a. remar
Don't stop pulling; we have to be the first boat.No dejes de remar; nuestro barco tiene que ser el primero.
19. (to go with a car)
a. ir
Pull to the right; my apartment is just there.Ve a la derecha; mi apartamento queda justo ahí.
20. (to take in)
a. dar una chupada (smoking)
Uncle Fred pulled at his pipe and blew smoke rings over his head.Tío Frank daba chupadas a la pipa y echaba anillos de humo por encima de su cabeza.
b. dar un trago (beverage)
He kept pulling at the bottle everyday until the cirrhosis killed him.Siguió dando tragos a la botella todos los días hasta que la cirrosis lo mató.
21.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to flirt) (United Kingdom)
a. ligar
I don't like to go to that bar, it's a place where you only go if you want to pull.No me gusta ir a ese bar, es un sitio al que solo se va a ligar.
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