Quick answer
"Look" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "mirar", and "touch" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "tocar". Learn more about the difference between "look" and "touch" 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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touch(
tuhch
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to come into contact with)
a. tocar
He touched her forehead to check her temperature.Le tocó la frente para ver si tenía fiebre.
b. rozar
He touched my hand as he handed the book to me.Me rozó la mano al darme el libro.
2. (to be in contact with)
a. tocar
There is a mark where the chair touches the wall.Hay una marca donde la silla toca la pared.
3. (to harm)
a. tocar
Don't you dare touch a single hair on her head!¡No te atrevas a tocarle un pelo!
b. hacer
Now he can't touch me.Ahora ya no puede hacerme nada.
c. rozar
I accidentally touched the car parked next to mine.Sin querer, rocé el coche aparcado junto al mío.
4. (to manipulate)
a. tocar
The police asked us not to touch anything in the room.La policía nos pidió que no tocáramos nada en la habitación.
5. (to eat or drink)
a. tocar
She hasn't touched her breakfast.No ha tocado el desayuno.
6. (to concern)
a. afectar
Global warming touches us all.El calentamiento global nos afecta a todos.
7. (to move emotionally)
a. conmover
This song really touches me.Esta canción me conmueve de verdad.
8. (to reach)
a. llegar a
They finally touched their destination on April 5th.Por fin, llegaron a su destino el 5 de abril.
b. rozar
The thermometer touched 40º C.El termómetro rozaba los 40º.
9. (to compare with)
a. igualar
No one can touch his talent.Nadie le iguala en talento.
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to ask for) (United Kingdom)
a. dar un sablazo de
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
This month he has touched me for £20 twice already.Este mes ya me ha dado dos sablazos de £20.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
11. (to come into contact)
a. tocar
Don't touch!¡Sin tocar!
b. rozarse
Our hands touched while reaching for the same apple.Nuestras manos se rozaron al intentar alcanzar la misma manzana.
12. (to be in contact)
a. tocarse
Those wires shouldn't be touching.Esos cables no deberían tocarse.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
13. (sense)
a. el tacto
(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).
Touch is one of the most basic means of communication.El tacto es una de las formas de comunicación más básicas.
14. (physical contact)
a. el tacto
(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 touch of his skin was soft.El tacto de su piel era suave.
b. el roce
(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).
I cannot forget the touch of her cheek against mine.No puedo olvidar el roce de su mejilla con la mía.
15. (gesture)
a. el toque
(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 chef added his special touch.El chef añadió su toque especial.
b. el detalle
(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).
Sending flowers was a nice touch.Enviar flores fue un detalle bonito.
16. (skill)
a. el toque
(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 hasn't lost his touch with women.No ha perdido su toque con las mujeres.
17. (small amount)
a. el poco
(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).
I would add a touch more pepper.Yo le añadiría un poco más de pimienta.
b. la pizca
(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).
At the very end sprinkle it with a touch of cinnamon.Al final del todo, espolvoréalo con una pizca de canela.
18. (communication)
a. el contacto
(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).
They kept in touch for years.Mantuvieron el contacto durante años.
19. (awareness)
a. el sentido
(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 lost touch with reality.Ha perdido el sentido de la realidad.
20. (sports)
a. el fuera de juego
(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 kicked the ball into touch.Le dio una patada a la pelota y la envió fuera de juego.
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