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"Unplug" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "desenchufar", and "plug" is a noun which is often translated as "el tapón". Learn more about the difference between "unplug" and "plug" below.
unplug(
uhn
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pluhg
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (electricity)
a. desenchufar
I unplugged the TV because it was overheating.Desenchufé la tele porque se estaba sobrecalentando.
b. desconectar
We unplugged all the appliances during the electrical storm.Desconectamos todos los aparatos eléctricos durante la tormenta eléctrica.
2. (to unblock)
a. destapar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I went to unplug the kitchen sink and discovered that my sister had thrown her napkin in it again.Fui a destapar el fregadero y descubrí que mi hermana había echado su servilleta en el fregadero otra vez.
b. desatascar
Sarah tried to unplug the clogged drain with vinegar and baking soda.Sarah intentó desatascar el drenaje tapado con vinagre y bicarbonato.
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plug(
pluhg
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (stopper)
a. el tapón
(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 water was going down because the plug wasn't in.El agua estaba corriendo porque no estaba puesto el tapón.
2. (electrical fitting)
a. el enchufe
(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).
It's not a good idea to have so many plugs connected to the same socket.No es bueno tener tantos enchufes conectados a una misma toma.
b. la clavija
(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).
You might need different plugs for different countries, but you can buy an adaptor.Quizá necesites clavijas distintas para distintos países, pero puedes comprar un adaptador.
3. (outlet)
a. la toma de corriente
(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).
Do you know whether they have plugs in that cafe? My laptop has no battery left.¿Sabes si tienen tomas de corriente en ese café? Mi portátil se ha quedado sin batería.
b. el tomacorriente
(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).
You can connect the vacuum to the plug under the table.Puedes enchufar la aspiradora al tomacorriente que hay debajo de la mesa.
c. el enchufe
(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).
Is there a plug on your side of the table?¿Hay un enchufe de tu lado de la mesa?
4. (automotive)
a. la bujía
(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).
It wasn't the alternator; we just had to replace the plug.No era el alternador; solo tuvimos que cambiar la bujía.
5. (chewing tobacco)
a. el rollo
(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).
Sam spat the plug of tobacco he'd been chewing into the fire.Sam escupió en el fuego el rollo de tabaco que había estado masticando.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(advertising)
a. la publicidad
(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 local radio station has agreed to give our band a plug.Hemos convencido a la estación de radio local para que haga publicidad de nuestra banda.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to block)
a. tapar
They went down into the forecastle to plug the hole the cannonball had left in the hull.Bajaron al castillo de proa para tapar el agujero que el cañonazo había hecho en el casco.
b. rellenar
Now we need to plug these holes in the wall and paint over them.Ahora tenemos que rellenar los huecos de la pared y cubrirlos con pintura.
c. taponar (one's ears)
I used my fingers to plug my ears and drown out the noise.Me taponé los oídos con los dedos, tratando de ahogar el ruído.
d. sellar (a leak)
They attempted to plug the leak, but to no avail.Intentaron sellar el escape sin éxito.
8.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to fill)
a. tapar
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
They increase tobacco duties whenever they need to plug a gap in national tax.Aumentan el precio del tabaco siempre que necesitan tapar un agujero en los ingresos fiscales.
b. llenar
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
The new Nexus will plug a gap in the market for cellphones.El nuevo Nexus llenará un hueco en el mercado de la telefonía móvil.
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to advertise)
a. promocionar
We're doing everything we can to plug new artists in our magazine.En nuestra revista, hacemos todo lo posible para promocionar a nuevos artistas.
b. dar publicidad a
We're going to appear on TV today to plug our new album.Hoy saldremos en la tele para dar publicidad a nuestro nuevo álbum.
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(to strike)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. pegar
He must have told her something offensive, because she turned around and plugged him.Debió decirle algo ofensivo, porque ella se dio la vuelta y le pegó.
11.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(to shoot)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. pegar un tiro (once)
I plugged him in the shoulder, and he fell to the floor.Le pegué un tiro en el hombro y cayó al suelo.
b. llenar de plomo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(repeatedly)
I plugged the attacker, but he kept coming.Llené el agresor de plomo, pero siguió avanzando.
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