Quick answer
"Look" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "mirar", and "see" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "ver". Learn more about the difference between "look" and "see" below.
look(
look
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to see)
a. mirar
Always look both ways before crossing the street.Siempre tienes que mirar a ambos lados antes de cruzar la calle.
2. (to search)
a. mirar
I've looked everywhere, but I cannot find my glasses anywhere.He mirado por todas partes, pero no logro encontrar mis gafas por ningún lado.
b. buscar
I can't find my earrings. - Have you looked in the bathroom?No encuentro mis aretes. - ¿Los buscaste en el baño?
3. (to appear)
a. parecer
She looks taller on television than she does in real life.Parece más alta en la televisión que en la vida real.
b. verse
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
You don't look well. Are you sick?No te ves bien. ¿Estás enferma?
4. (to face)
a. mirar
The balcony looks over the pool and the ocean beyond.El balcón mira hacia la piscina y el océano en la distancia.
b. dar a
This window looks out onto a busy street.Esta ventana da a una calle muy transitada.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to look at)
a. mirar
Look me in the eyes and tell me that you don't love me anymore.Mírame a los ojos y dime que ya no me amas.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (expression)
a. la mirada
(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'll never forget her look of terror when she came to my house.Nunca olvidaré su mirada de terror cuando llegó a mi casa.
7. (glance)
a. la mirada
(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 shot me a look that said I had gone too far.Me dio una mirada que decía que me había pasado.
8. (aspect)
a. el aspecto
(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 has the look of an everyman, which is one of the reasons he's an all-around actor.Tiene el aspecto de un tipo normal, la cual es una de las razones por las que es un actor completo.
b. el aire
(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 has a very sophisticated look.Ella tiene un aire muy sofisticado.
9. (style)
a. la moda
(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).
That look doesn't suit you.Esa moda no te va.
looks
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
10. (attractiveness)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
She doesn't just have the looks, she has a great sense of humor.No solo es bella; también tiene un tremendo sentido de humor.
Someone's personality is more important to me than their looks.La personalidad de alguien me importa más que qué tan atractiva es.
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see(
si
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to perceive)
a. ver
We've seen a number of houses, but now we have to choose one.Hemos visto varias casas, pero ahora nos toca escoger una.
2. (to comprehend)
a. ver
I see your point; eating ice cream before working out is not a good idea.Veo lo que quieres decir; comer helado antes de hacer ejercicio no es buena idea.
b. entender
Do you see what I mean?¿Entiendes lo que te digo?
3. (to find out)
a. ver
Go see who is at the door.Ve a ver quién está en la puerta.
b. averiguar
I'm going to go see what all the commotion is.Voy a averiguar la causa del alboroto.
4. (to make sure)
a. asegurarse de
I'll see to it that you get a present.Me aseguraré de que recibas un regalo.
5. (to visualize)
a. imaginar
I can already see myself on the beach. I can't wait for my vacation!Ya me imagino en la playa. ¡Qué ganas tengo de estar de vacaciones!
6. (to visit)
a. ver
I saw my parents just last weekend.Acabo de ver a mis padres el fin de semana pasado.
7. (to receive)
a. ver
If you want the lawyer to see you, you'll have to make an appointment.Si quieren que les vea el abogado, tendrán que pedir cita.
b. atender
Go into the waiting room, please. The doctor will see you right away.Pase a la sala de espera, por favor. El médico le atenderá enseguida.
8. (to date)
a. salir con
Did you know that Ana is seeing a coworker?¿Sabías que Ana sale con un compañero del trabajo?
9. (to accompany)
a. acompañar
I'll see you to the door.Te acompaño a la puerta.
10. (to regard)
a. ver
I see Jake as a friend more than a future partner.Yo veo a Jake como amigo más bien que una futura pareja.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
11. (to perceive)
a. ver
Cats can see in the dark.Los gatos pueden ver en la oscuridad.
12. (to understand)
a. ver
Right now I don't expect you to understand, but one day you'll see.Ahora mismo no espero que lo entiendas, pero un día lo verás.
13. (to find out)
a. averiguar
I'm going to go see if the food is ready.Voy a averiguar si está lista la comida.
14. (to consider)
a. ver
We'll just have to see how this all turns out.Tendremos que esperar a ver cómo terminará esta situación.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
15. (religion)
a. la sede
(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 Holy See is the central governing body of the Roman Catholic church.La Santa Sede es el gobierno central de la Iglesia católica romana.
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