Quick answer
"Fit" is an adjective which is often translated as "apto", and "serve" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "servir". Learn more about the difference between "fit" and "serve" below.
fit(
fiht
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (suitable)
a. apto
That movie is not fit for children.Esa película no es apta para menores.
b. adecuado
These machines are not fit to handle such large quantities.Estas máquinas no son adecuadas para manejar cantidades tan grandes.
c. apropiado
My great-grandfather's diary, with first-person accounts of the American Civil War, is fit for a museum.El diario de mi bisabuelo, que relata en primera persona la guerra civil americana, es apropiado para un museo.
d. digno
What a beautiful home. This place is fit for a king.Qué bonita casa. Este lugar es digno de un rey.
e. en buenas condiciones
No-one put the turkey in the refrigerator last night. It's not fit to be eaten.Nadie puso el pavo en el refrigerador anoche. No está en buenas condiciones para comer.
2. (healthy)
a. en forma
He may be a legend, but he is not fit enough to play in the Premier League.Puede que sea una leyenda, pero no está lo suficientemente en forma para jugar en la Premier League.
b. sano
My doctor says I am as fit as a person ten years younger than me.Mi médico dice que estoy tan sano como una persona diez años más joven.
c. en condiciones de
Carlos was sick for a month, but he's recovered and is now fit to return to work.Carlos estuvo enfermo por un mes, pero se ha recuperado y ya está en condiciones de volver al trabajo.
d. apto (military)
Some of the troops have contracted malaria and are not fit for duty.Algunas de las tropas han contraído malaria y no están aptos para el servicio.
3. (ready)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Lucy worked until she was fit to drop.Lucy trabajó hasta caer rendida.
Marty laughed fit to burst at the comedy show.Marty se desternillaba de risa en el show de comedia.
4. (proper)
a. apropiado
Shall I pray for you? - I'm an atheist, but do as you see fit.¿Quieres que rece por ti? - Soy ateo, pero haz lo que creas apropiado.
b. conveniente
Shall I serve potato chips at the party? - I don't care. Do as you think fit.¿Crees que debo servir papitas en la fiesta? - No me importa, haz lo que estimes conveniente.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(attractive) (United Kingdom)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He introduced me to his sister who is really fit.Me presentó a su hermana que está buenísima.
Shirley said she thinks Juan Carlos is fit, and she'd like to go out with him.Shirley dijo que le parece guapo Juan Carlos y que quiere salir con él.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to be the correct size)
a. quedar bien
My clothes don’t fit me since I lost weight.La ropa ya no me queda bien después de haber adelgazado.
b. quedar
Does this coat fit you?¿Te queda este saco?
c. servir
I bought these shoes when I was in high school and they still fit me.Compré estos zapatos cuando estaba en la prepa y todavía me sirven.
7. (to be the right shaped object)
a. entrar en
This screw doesn't fit the hole.Este tornillo no entra en el agujero.
b. encajar en
The key got bent, and now it doesn't fit the lock.La llave se dobló y ahora no encaja en la chapa.
8. (sewing)
a. tomar las medidas
I have an appointment with the tailor on Thursday so he can fit me for a new suit.Tengo una cita con el sastre el jueves para que tome las medidas para un traje nuevo.
b. probar
The dressmaker is going to fit the dresses for the girls' first communion a week before the event.La costurera va a probar los vestidos de la primera comunión a las niñas una semana antes del evento.
9. (to match)
a. corresponderse con
His words don't fit the facts.Sus palabras no se corresponden con los hechos.
b. adecuarse a
I don't believe a life sentence fits the crime of stealing a pizza.No creo que una condena perpetua se adecúe al delito de robarse una pizza.
c. encajar con
This résumé fits the job description perfectly.Este curriculum vitae encaja perfectamente con la descripción del puesto.
d. ajustarse a
These three candidates fit the profile well.Estos tres candidatos se ajustan bien al perfil.
10. (to put in place)
a. colocar
I am getting my braces fitted next week.Me van a colocar los frenos la semana que viene.
b. encajar
I'm having trouble fitting the batteries into the toy.Me cuesta trabajo encajar las pilas en el juguete.
11. (to make room for)
a. meter
I can't fit another book on the shelf. I need another bookshelf.No puedo meter otro libro en el estante. Necesito otro librero.
b. acomodar
Can you fit another passenger in the bus?¿Puedes acomodar otro pasajero en el camión?
12. (to make time)
a. hacerle un hueco
Dr. Freedman can fit you in on Thursday at 12 pm.El Dr. Freedman puede hacerte un hueco el jueves a las 12 pm.
13. (to supply)
a. equipar
All cars sold for driving on the streets are fitted with catalytic converters.Todos los coches que se venden para circular por las calles están equipados con convertidores catalíticos.
b. ponerse
After the blast, Barry had to be fitted for hearing aids.Después de la explosión, Barry tuvo que ponerse aparatos auditivos.
14. (to outfit; used with "out")
a. equipar
Captain Morris requested several dozen men to fit the ship out with supplies.El capitán Morris pidió varias docenas de hombres para equipar la nave con suministros.
b. proveer
Demetrio had enough money to fit the expedition out on a complete scale.Demetrio tenía suficiente dinero para proveer la expedición completamente.
15. (to make suitable)
a. capacitar
His knowledge and experience fit him for the job better than anyone else.Sus conocimientos y experiencia lo capacitaban para el puesto mejor que nadie.
16. (to install) (United Kingdom)
a. instalar
She had an alarm fitted at the house last week.Le instalaron una alarma en la casa la semana pasada.
b. colocar
We're going to fit carpet in the baby's room.Vamos a colocar una alfombra en la habitación del bebé.
c. poner
It is best to fit the tiles in the kitchen before installing the appliances.Es preferible poner los azulejos en la cocina antes de conectar los electrodomésticos.
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 frame; used with "up") (United Kingdom)
a. hacer aparecer como el culpable
His enemies tried to fit him up for murder.Sus enemigos intentaron hacerlo parecer como culpable de un asesinato.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
18. (medicine)
a. el ataque
(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).
My nephew had his first epileptic fit at eight years old.Mi sobrino tuvo su primer ataque epiléptico a los ocho años.
b. el síncope
(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).
If she has a fit, you need to give her this injection immediately.Si empieza a sufrir un síncope, hay que darle esta inyección inmediatamente.
19. (outburst)
a. el arranque
(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 threw her trophy through the window in a fit of anger.Lanzó su trofeo por la ventana en un arranque de ira.
b. 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).
He killed his wife and her lover in a fit of jealous rage.Mató a su esposa y a su amante en un arrebato de celos y rabia.
c. el acceso
(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 chili peppers roasting on the stove sent Peter into a coughing fit.Los chiles asándose en la estufa le provocaron un acceso de tos a Peter.
d. el ataque
(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).
Seeing her bulldog with a pink ribbon sent Cindy into a fit of laughter.Al ver a su bulldog con una cinta rosa, le dio un ataque de risa a Cindy.
20. (clothing)
a. quedar (verb)
Since I've lost weight, it's easier to find clothes that are a good fit.Desde que bajé de peso, es más fácil encontrar ropa que me queda bien.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I like the fit of these jeans. They're comfortable, and they look good on me.Me gusta cómo me quedan estos vaqueros. Son cómodos y se me ven bien.
This dress is a really good fit.Este vestido es justo mi talla.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
21. (to go in)
a. caber
The table wouldn't fit through the doorway.La mesa no cabía por la puerta.
b. encajar
Your hand fits perfectly in mine.Tu mano encaja perfectamente en la mía.
c. entrar
Measure the alcove in the kitchen to see if the refrigerator will fit.Mide el hueco en la cocina para ver si entrará el refrigerador.
22. (to match)
a. encajar
I think this painting fits very well here.Creo que este cuadro encaja muy bien aquí.
b. cuadrar
There are several details in the document that simply don't fit with reality.Hay varios detalles en el documento que simplemente no cuadran con la realidad.
c. concordar
The pillow patterns fit nicely with the room decorations.Los patrones de las almohadas concuerdan bien con la decoración de la habitación.
d. corresponderse
His behavior doesn't fit with what I'd expect from a real lawyer.Su comportamiento no se corresponde con lo que esperara de un verdadero abogado.
23. (to belong)
a. encajar
Do you like the new principal? - I like that she doesn't fit with the stereotypical image of a principal.¿Te gusta la nueva directora? - Me gusta que no encaja con la imagen estereotipada de una directora.
24. (to adjust; used with "in")
a. amoldarse
I hope we can work something out for this weekend that will fit in with your plans.Espero que podamos arreglar algo para este fin de semana que se amolde a tus planes.
25. (to be the right size clothing)
a. quedar
Can we go now? - As soon as I find something I like and that fits, I'll buy it and we can leave the store.¿Ya nos podemos ir? - En cuanto encuentre algo que me guste y que me quede, lo compraré y nos iremos de la tienda.
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serve(
suhrv
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to give out)
a. servir
They serve dinner at six in the hotel.Sirven la cena a las seis en el hotel.
What time will we serve dinner?¿A qué hora vamos a servir la cena?
2. (to work for)
a. servir a
He has served his country since he enrolled in the army when he was 19 years old.Ha servido a su patria desde que se alistó en el ejército con 19 años.
3. (to be useful to)
a. servir
Her bedroom also serves her as an office.Su dormitorio le sirve también de oficina.
4. (to complete)
a. cumplir (a prison sentence)
The scammer will serve a couple of years in prison before he can get probation.El estafador cumplirá un par de años en la cárcel antes de obtener la libertad condicional.
b. hacer (one's apprenticeship)
His father was a carpenter, so he served his apprenticeship in his father's studio.Su padre era carpintero, así que él hizo su aprendizaje en el taller de su padre.
5. (to help a customer)
a. atender
Can you answer the phone, please? I'm serving a customer at the moment.¿Puedes contestar la llamada, por favor? Estoy atendiendo a un cliente ahora mismo.
6. (to be enough food for)
a. ser para
This recipe serves five people.Esta receta es para cinco personas.
7. (tennis)
a. servir
He served the ball at 120 miles an hour.Sirvió la pelota a 120 millas por hora.
b. sacar
It was her turn to serve the ball.Le tocaba a ella sacar la pelota.
8. (legal)
a. entregar a
I was caught cheating on my wife with another woman, so she served me with divorce papers the next day.Me pillaron engañando a mi esposa con otra mujer, así que ella me entregó los papeles del divorcio al día siguiente.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (to carry out duty)
a. servir
He went to prison because he refused to serve in the army.Lo encarcelaron porque se negó a servir en el ejército.
10. (to help customers)
a. atender
No one seemed to be serving, so I left the shop.Parecía que no había nadie atendiendo, así que me marché de la tienda.
11. (to be useful)
a. servir
I only have colored paper, but that will probably serve for what I need to print.Solo tengo papel de colores, pero creo que servirá para lo que necesito imprimir.
12. (tennis)
a. servir
In tennis, serving doesn't need to be much harder for left-handed players.En tenis, servir no tiene por qué ser mucho más complicado para jugadores zurdos.
b. sacar
I'm not used to serving on clay courts.No estoy acostumbrado a sacar en pistas de tierra batida.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
13. (tennis)
a. el servicio
(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 serve of a tennis player is his biggest weapon.El servicio de un jugador de tenis es su arma más poderosa.
b. la saque
(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).
She has a very strong serve.Su saque es muy fuerte.
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