engancharse
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engancharse(
ehng
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gahn
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chahr
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seh
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to get caught)
a. to get hooked
Mi falda se enganchó con un clavo y se rompió.My skirt got hooked on a nail and tore.
2. (to become an addict)
a. to get hooked
Se enganchó a la cocaína y se metió en muchos problemas.He got hooked on cocaine and got into a lot of trouble.
3. (military)
a. to enlist
Mi padre se enganchó en la marina cuando tenía 18 años.My father enlisted in the Navy when he was 18.
b. to join
Algunos amigos decidieron engancharse en el ejército.Some of my friends decided to join the Army.
enganchar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to attach)
a. to hook
Después de enganchar la repisa hay que apretar los tornillos.After hooking the shelf you need to tighten the screws.
5. (to attach)
a. to hitch up (vehicle)
Engancharon el auto descompuesto a la grúa.They hitched up the broken-down car to the tow truck.
b. to harness (horse)
El caballerango enganchó los caballos a la carreta.The groom harnessed the horses to the cart.
c. to couple (wagons)
Después de enganchar los vagones, el tren estaba listo para partir.After coupling the wagons, the train was ready to leave.
6. (to hire)
a. to contract
La compañía necesita enganchar algunos trabajadores para la remodelación.The company needs to contract some workers for the remodeling.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to catch)
a. to nab
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Después de una larga persecución, la policía logró enganchar al ladrón.After a long chase, the police was able to nab the thief.
8. (to attract)
a. to hook
La nueva serie de televisión nos enganchó. No podemos dejar de verla.The new TV series hooked us. We can't stop watching it.
b. to rope into
Lo engancharon para que hiciera trabajo voluntario.They roped him into doing volunteer work.
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enganchar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (agarrar; vagones)
a. to couple
2. (remolque, caballos)
a. to hitch up
3. (pez)
a. to hook
4. (colgar)
a. to hang (up)
5. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
enganchar a alguien para que haga algoto rope somebody into doing something
6. (colloquial)
a. to land (oneself)
7. (contratar)
a. to hire, to contract
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (colloquial)
a. to be addictive
un videojuego de los que enganchanan addictive video game
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
9. (prenderse)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
engancharse algo con o ento catch something on
se le enganchó la falda en las zarzasshe caught her skirt on the brambles
te has enganchado las mediasyou've caught o snagged your tights on something
10. (alistarse)
a. to enlist, to join up
11. (colloquial)
a. to get hooked
12. (para trabajo)
a. to sign up
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enganchar
transitive verb
1 (conectar con gancho) (gen) to hook; [+caballo] to harness; [+carro, remolque] to hitch up; (Mecánica) to couple; connect; [+dos vagones] to couple up
2 (atrapar) to nab (familiar)
lo enganchó la policía robando en la joyería the police nabbed him robbing the jeweller's (familiar)
3 (atraer) [+persona] to rope in; [+marido] to land
tras varios años de noviazgo, por fin ha conseguido engancharlo
a mi no me enganchan para cuidar a los niños they're not going to rope me into looking after the children; los programas que más enganchan the programmes which get most people hooked
4 (Mil) to recruit
5 (México) [+trabajadores] to contract
pronominal verb
engancharse
1 (quedarse prendido) to get hooked up; catch;en on; (Mecánica) to engage;en with
el vestido se enganchó en un clavo the dress got caught on a nail; engancharse a la droga to get hooked on drugs (familiar); become addicted to drugs
2 (Mil) to enlist; join up
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