Quick answer
"Look" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "mirar", and "watch" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "ver". Learn more about the difference between "look" and "watch" 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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watch(
wach
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to see)
a. ver
Let's watch a movie tonight.Veamos una película esta noche.
b. mirar
My wife watched me while I played the piano.Mi esposa me miraba mientras tocaba el piano.
c. observar
If you watch this scene carefully, you'll see him disappear.Si observas esta escena con atención, lo verás desaparecerse.
2. (to keep under observation)
a. vigilar
A teacher watches the students while they are taking the test.Un profesor vigila a los alumnos mientras hacen el examen.
3. (to be mindful of)
a. vigilar
You'll need to watch your weight if you go on working at that cake shop.Tendrás que vigilar tu peso si sigues trabajando en esa pastelería.
b. tener cuidado con
You need to watch that dog. It doesn't like children.Hay que tener cuidado con ese perro; no le gustan los niños.
c. tener cuidado de
Watch you don't lose your wedding ring; it looks very loose.Ten cuidado de no perder la alianza; parece que te va grande.
d. cuidado con (used as interjection)
Watch the laptop cable!¡Cuidado con el cable del portátil!
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to observe)
a. mirar
He just watched while I ate.Solo miraba mientras yo comía.
b. observar
If you watch, you'll see that happen a lot.Si observas, verás que ocurre con mucha frecuencia.
5. (to keep guard)
a. vigilar
I told my man to keep watching and call me with any news.Le dije a mi hombre que siguiera vigilando y que me llamara con cualquier novedad.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (wristwatch)
a. el reloj
(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 new watch is waterproof down to 50 meters.Mi reloj nuevo es sumergible hasta 50 metros.
7. (vigilance)
a. la vigilancia
(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 patient is under watch for Ebola.El paciente se encuentra bajo vigilancia por ébola.
8. (time keeping guard)
a. la guardia
(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).
Most of the watches in the Navy last four hours.La mayoría de las guardias en la Marina duran cuatro horas.
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