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"Entrar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to enter", and "ingresar" is an intransitive verb which is also often translated as "to enter". Learn more about the difference between "entrar" and "ingresar" below.
entrar(
ehn
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trahr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to pass inside)
a. to enter
No se puede entrar sin firmar.You cannot enter without signing.
b. to go in (inside)
Necesitas autorización para entrar a la oficina durante el fin de semana.You need permission to go into the office during the weekend.
c. to come in (from the outside)
Está lloviendo; entra, por favor.It's raining; please come in.
2. (to be of the right size)
a. to fit
La cama no entrará por la puerta del ascensor.The bed won't fit through the elevator door.
b. to go in
Esta llave no entra en la cerradura.This key doesn't go in the key hole.
3. (to pierce)
a. to penetrate
Esa máquina puede entrar en la roca.That machine can penetrate the rock.
4. (to become a member)
a. to join
Entró en la Marina de los Estados Unidos a los 18.He joined the United States Navy at 18.
5. (to be part of)
a. to be included
Todos los envíos entran en nuestros precios.All shipping costs are included in our prices.
6. (to begin)
a. to start
Entro a mi clase de yoga a las 6 am.I start my yoga class at 6 am.
Entré en este sector hace algunos años.I started in this sector some years ago.
7. (to begin to feel)
a. to get
Me está entrando sueño; me voy a echar una siesta.I'm getting drowsy; I am going to take a nap.
b. to feel
Me ha entrado una sed insaciable.I suddenly feel an unquenchable thirst.
8. (to comprehend)
a. to get
¿No te entra que ya no te quiero?Don't you get that I don't love you anymore?
b. to understand
A mi hijo le entró rápido el alfabeto.My son understood the alphabet quickly.
9. (to gain access to)
a. to access
Tienes que introducir tu contraseña para entrar en este foro.You have to enter your password to access this forum.
10. (to begin to play)
a. to come in
El piano entra después de la guitarra.The piano comes in after the guitar.
11. (to participate)
a. to get into
Esta discusión se acaba aquí; no voy a entrar en ataques personales.This discussion ends now; I'm not going to get into any personal attacks.
b. to join in
Entró en la conversación sin que lo invitaran.He joined in the conversation without being asked.
12. (automobile)
a. to go into
El carro ya no entra en tercera; hay que llevarlo al mecánico.The car doesn’t go into third anymore; we need to take it to the mechanic.
13. (computing)
a. to log in
Para entrar en la cuenta, tienes que teclear tu contraseña.To log in to your account, you need to type your password.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
14. (to attack)
a. to tackle
Esquivó a varios jugadores y le entró a su oponente.He dodged some players and tackled his opponent.
15. (to put inside)
a. to bring in
Dejé las bolsas de la compra en el coche. ¿Podrías entrarlas?I left the shopping bags in the car. Can you please bring them in?
b. to take in
Ese perro está sucio; no lo entres hasta que lo hayas lavado.That dog is dirty; don't take him in until you have washed him.
16. (to approach)
a. to deal with
Para salir con mi prima, primero tienes que saber cómo entrarle a su padre.To go out with my cousin, first you have to know how to deal with her father.
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ingresar(
eeng
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greh
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sahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to gain access to)
a. to enter
El hombre murió de un disparo el lunes a la madrugada cuando ingresó a robar en una casa en la calle Resurrección.The man was shot early on Monday morning when he entered a house on Resurreccion Street in order to burglarize it.
b. to go in
Yo estaba en el párking al lado de la oficina cuando vi ingresar a mi colega con un hombre que no conozco.I was in the parking lot next to the office when I saw my colleague going in with a man I didn't know.
c. to come in
Hay inmigrantes que ingresan ocultos en camiones.There are immigrants who come in hidden in trucks.
d. to get in
Debes traer tu tarjeta si quieres ingresar.You need to bring your card if you want to get in.
e. to go into
Ya que era tarde, optamos por no ingresar al museo.As it was late, we decided not to go into the museum.
f. to come into
Debe declarar cualquier producto de origen animal que lleve consigo al ingresar a este país.You need to declare any animal-derived products that you have with you when you come into this country.
g. to get into
El viernes no pude ingresar al estacionamiento.I couldn't get into the parking lot on Friday.
2. (to become a member of)
a. to join (club, company, army)
Creo que ingresaré a un coro el año que viene ya que me gusta muchísimo cantar.I think I'll join a choir next year as I love singing.
3. (to begin studying at)
a. to enter
Alfredo tenía solo 16 años cuando ingresó a la universidad.Alfredo was only 16 when he entered university.
4. (to be hospitalized at)
a. to be admitted to
Cuando ingresó en el hospital ya había perdido mucha sangre.He had already lost a lot of blood when he was admitted to the hospital.
b. to go into
Mi tía tiene que ingresar en el hospital para operarse de la rodilla.My aunt needs to go into the hospital for a knee operation.
5. (to be taken to jail)
a. to go to
Tenemos que hacer algo para evitar que ingreses en la cárcel.We need to do something to avoid your going to jail.
b. to be sent to
Pérez ingresó en la cárcel por tráfico de drogas y asesinato.Pérez was sent to prison for drug dealing and murder.
c. to report to
En la noche del lunes, la actriz ingresó en la cárcel de Palma para cumplir una condena de tres años.On Monday night, the actress reported to Palma prison to start a three-year sentence.
6. (computing)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to go into
Debes ingresar al navegador y buscar más información.You need to go into the browser and search for more information.
b. to go on to
Hoy no ingresé a Facebook porque no tenía tiempo.I didn't go onto Facebook today because I didn't have time.
c. to get into
Tengo problemas para ingresar a mi cuenta desde mi teléfono celular.I'm having problems getting into my account from my cellphone.
d. to log in
Si no recuerdas tu contraseña, no podrás ingresar a tu cuenta.If you don't remember your password, you won't be able to log in to your account.
7. (to flow into)
a. to come into (money)
Parte del dinero que ingresa en las arcas del Estado se destina a obras de carácter social.Part of the money that comes into the government's coffers is destined for works of a social nature.
b. to come in (money)
Hay que comparar el dinero que ingresa y el dinero que sale.We need to compare the money that's coming in with the money that's going out.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (finance)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to pay in
Voy al banco a ingresar el cheque de la nómina; ahora vuelvo.I'm going to the bank to pay in my payroll check; I'll be back shortly.
b. to deposit
Si ingresas más de 5,000 euros en el banco, es posible que te hagan preguntas.You may be asked questions if you deposit more than 5,000 euros in the bank.
c. to credit
Me han ingresado 500 euros por error en mi cuenta.My account has been credited with 500 euros in error.
d. to earn (to receive)
Últimamente ingreso menos de lo que gasto, así que tengo que buscar otro trabajo.I've been earning less than I spend lately, so I need to look for another job.
9. (to hospitalize)
a. to admit
Los médicos van a ingresar a mi hermana en el hospital para hacerle unas pruebas neurológicas.The doctors are going to admit my sister to the hospital to have some neurological tests.
10. (to incarcerate)
a. to send
Teresa no pudo pagar la multa, y por eso la ingresaron en la cárcel.Teresa couldn't pay the fine, so she was sent to prison.
b. to place
Hoy, Ramón Sánchez Alonso, el presunto autor del crimen, fue ingresado en la cárcel.Ramón Sánchez Alonso, the person suspected of carrying out the crime, was today placed in prison.
11. (computing)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to enter
Te aconsejo que no ingreses información personal en esta página.I'd recommend you don't enter any personal information on this page.
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