come across
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come across(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to find)
a. encontrar
I came across a book today that I thought might interest you.Encontré un libro hoy que pensé que te podría interesar.
b. encontrarse
Barry was rummaging through some things in the attic when he came across his old catcher's mitt.Barry hurgaba entre unas cosas en la buhardilla cuando se encontró su viejo guante de receptor.
c. toparse con
I came across this recipe on the Internet.Me topé con esta receta en el Internet.
d. dar con
I came across the solution when I was researching something else.Di con la solución cuando estaba investigando otra cosa.
2. (to go across)
a. cruzar
Oh, no. Look who's coming across the classroom to talk to us.Ay, no. Mira quién está cruzando el salón para hablarnos.
b. atravesar
Wait there! I don't want you to come across the street with all this traffic.¡Espérame allí! No quiero que atraveses la calle con hay tanto tráfico.
3. (to meet)
a. encontrarse con
Josefina was walking in the park when she came across an old friend.Josefina paseaba por el parque cuando se encontró con un viejo amigo.
b. toparse con
I came across one of my teachers in the bookstore.Me topé con uno de mis maestros en la librería.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
4. (to give an impression; often used with "as")
a. dar una impresión
How did you like your daughter's boyfriend? - He came across quite well.¿Cómo te pareció el novio de tu hija? - Me dio muy buena impresión.
b. dar la impresión de ser
Though he comes across as being tough, Duncan is really a softy at heart.Aunque dé la impresión de ser duro, Duncan es un buenazo de corazón.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to be understood as)
a. entenderse
Be careful how you phrase your complaint; it could come across the wrong way.Ten cuidado de cómo formulas tu queja; podría entenderse de una manera equivocada.
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come across
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (find)
a. encontrar, encontrarse con
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (make an impression)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to c across well/badlyquedar bien/mal, dar buena/mala impresión
she comes across as a bit arrogantda la impresión de que es un poco arrogante
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come across
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (make an impression)
to come across well/badly causar buena/mala impresión; she comes across as a nice girl da la impresión de ser una chica simpática; it didn't come across like that no lo entendimos en ese sentido; no es esa la impresión que nos produjo
2 (US) (keep one's word) cumplir la palabra
intransitive verb
(find) dar con; topar con; encontrarse con
I came across a dress that I hadn't worn for years di con or me encontré un vestido que hacía años que no me ponía
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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