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"Encajar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to fit", and "match" is a noun which is often translated as "match". Learn more about the difference between "encajar" and "match" below.
encajar(
ehng
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kah
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hahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to insert)
a. to fit
Encajó la ventana en el marco.She fitted the window into the frame.
2. (to understand as)
a. to take
¿Qué pasa? Hay que saber encajar una broma.What's the matter? You have to know how to take a joke.
3. (to strike)
a. to land
El boxeador le encajó un golpe en el hombro izquierdo.The boxer landed a blow on his left shoulder..
4. (sports)
a. to let in
Nuestro portero encaja muy pocos chutes.Our goalie lets in very few shots.
5. (to burden with)
a. to dump on
Se fue por la semana y nos encajó los perros.She left for the week and dumped the dogs on us.
b. to lumber with
Siempre y cuando viajan mis papás, me encajan a mantener su casa.Whenever my parents travel, I'm lumbered with house sitting for them.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to lock in place)
a. to fit
Esta broca no encaja en el taladro.This bit doesn't fit in the drill.
b. to fit together
Estas dos piezas deben encajar.These two pieces should fit together.
7. (to integrate)
a. to fit
Es que su personalidad no encaja con la cultura de la compañía.It's just that his personality doesn't fit with the company culture.
8. (to coincide)
a. to add up
No encajan las historias de estos dos testigos.The stories of these two witnesses don't add up.
encajarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
9. (clothing)
a. to put on
Se encajó el abrigo y salió a jugar.She put on her coat and went out to play.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
10. (to abuse)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to take advantage of
Se encaja con nuestra bondad porque es demasiado tacaño para pagar.He takes advantage of our kindness because he's too cheap to pay.
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match(
mahch
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (sports)
a. match
A los cinco minutos de comenzar el match, un boxeador dejó KO al otro.Five minutes into the match, one boxer KO'd the other.
b. game
El match entre Nadal y Federer duró más de cuatro horas porque tuvieron que jugar cinco sets.The game between Nadal and Federer lasted more than four hours because they had to play five sets.
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