mirar


mirar
v.
1 to look at (dirigir la vista a).
mirar algo de cerca/lejos to look at something closely/from a distance
¡míralos! look at them!
mirar algo por encima to glance over something, to have a quick look at something
mirar a alguien bien/mal to think highly/poorly of somebody
mirar a alguien de arriba abajo to look somebody up and down
mirar a alguien por encima del hombro (figurative) to look down on somebody
de mírame y no me toques (informal) very fragile
Ella mira la luna She looks at the moon.
Ella mira She looks.
2 to look (dirigir la vista).
¡mira! look (at that!)
mira, yo creo que… look, I think (that)…
mira que te avisé I told you so
mira por dónde… guess what?, would you believe it? (peninsular Spanish)
¡mira que eres pesado/tonto! you're being really tedious/silly!
3 to check, to look through.
le miraron todas las maletas they searched all her luggage
Ella mira la revista She looks through=leafs through the magazine.
4 to check, to look.
he mirado en todas partes I've looked everywhere
5 to watch.
Ella mira el partido She watches the game.
6 to consider, to think about, to think over.
Ella mira la posibilidad She considers the possibility.
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mirar
verbo transitivo
1 (observar) to look at; (con atención) to watch
mira lo que dice este letrero look at this sign
mírame a los ojos look me in the eye
pasa todo el día mirándose en el espejo he spends all day looking at himself in the mirror
se miraron sorprendidos they looked at each other in surprise
2 (buscar) to look; (registrar) to search
ya he mirado por todas partes y no lo encuentro I've looked everywhere and I can't find it
me miraron todo al pasar por la aduana they went through everything at customs
3 (tener cuidado con) to watch
mira bien lo que haces watch what you do
4 (averiguar) to see, find out
mira (a ver) si lo han vendido ya see whether they have sold it yet
5 (dar) to face
el dormitorio mira a poniente the bedroom faces west
6 (tener cuidado con) to watch, mind, be careful
mira bien lo que dices watch what you say
7 (tener en cuenta) to consider
cuando le apetece algo no mira nada when he wants something he just goes for it
los jóvenes de hoy no miran nada young people today have no consideration
verbo intransitivo
1 (gen) to look; (con atención) to stare
2 (buscar) to look
mira debajo de la cama look under the bed
3 (tener cuidado) to mind, watch, be careful
mira que no te engañen mind they don't cheat you
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FRASEOLOGÍA
de mírame y no me toques very fragile, delicate
mira que si ... what if ...
¡mira! (gen) look! 2 (con asombro) well I never!, fancy that! 3 (como aviso) look here!
mira que te lo dije I did tell you, didn't I?
mira quién habla look who's talking
mira, yo no digo nada look, I'm not saying a thing
mirándolo bien ... thinking about it ...
mirar a alguien por encima del hombro to look down one's nose at somebody
mirar algo/a alguien con buenos/malos ojos to have a good/bad opinion of something/somebody
mirar algo por encima to have a quick look at something
mirar atrás to look back
mirar de arriba a abajo a alguien to look somebody up and down
mirar por alguien to think of somebody
mirarse en alguien to look up to somebody
¡mira por donde! would you believe it!
¡mira que!
¡mira que es tonto! he's so stupid!
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verb
1) to look, look at
2) watch
3) consider
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1. VT
1) (=ver) to look at

estaba mirando la foto — she was looking at the photo

me miró con tristeza — she looked at me sadly

miraban boquiabiertos el nuevo aparato — they stared open-mouthed at the new machine

mirar a algn de arriba abajo — to look sb up and down

mirar algo/a algn de reojo o de través — to look at sth/sb out of the corner of one's eye

mirar fijamente algo/a algn — to gaze o stare at sth/sb

mirar algo por encima — to glance over sth

hombro
2) (=observar) to watch

se quedó mirando cómo jugaban los niños — she stood watching the children play

miraba los barcos — she was watching the boats

estuvo mirando la tele todo el día — he spent all day watching TV

3) (=comprobar)

le miraron la maleta en la aduana — they searched his suitcase at customs

mira que no hierva el agua — make sure the water doesn't boil

mira a ver lo que hace el niño — go and see o check what the boy's up to

mira a ver si ha venido el taxi — (look and) see if the taxi has come

míralo en el diccionario — look it up in the dictionary

4) (=pensar en)

no mira las dificultades — he doesn't think of the difficulties

lo hago mirando el porvenir — I'm doing it with the future in mind

¡no gastes más, mira que no tenemos dinero! — don't spend any more, remember we've no money!

mirándolo bien, bien mirado o si bien se mira o mirándolo bien, la situación no es tan grave — all in all, the situation isn't that bad, if you really think about it, the situation isn't all that bad

bien mirado o mirándolo bien, creo que lo haré más tarde — on second thoughts, I think I'll do it later

5) (=ser cuidadoso con)

mira mucho el dinero — he's very careful with money

deberías mirar lo que gastas — you should watch what you spend

mira mucho todos los detalles — she pays great attention to detail

6) [uso exclamativo]
a) [en imperativo]

¡mira qué cuadro tan bonito! — look, what a pretty painting!

¡mira cómo me has puesto de agua! — look, you've covered me in water!

¡mira lo que has hecho! — (just) look what you've done!

¡mira quién fue a hablar! — look who's talking!

¡mira (bien) lo que haces! — watch what you do!

¡mira con quién hablas! — just remember who you're talking to!

b) [indicando sorpresa, disgusto]

mira que, ¡mira que es tonto! — he's so stupid!

¡mira que te avisé! — didn't I warn you?

¡mira que ponerse a llover ahora! — it would have to start raining right now!

c) [indicando esperanza, temor]

mira que si, ¡mira que si ganas! — imagine if you win!

¡mira que si no viene! — just suppose he doesn't come!

¡mira que si es mentira! — just suppose it isn't true!, what if it isn't true?

7) LAm (=ver) to see

¿lo miras? — can you see it?

2. VI
1) [con la vista] to look

me vio pero miró hacia otro lado — she saw me, but she looked the other way

estaba mirando por la ventana — he was looking out of the window

miré por el agujero — I looked through the hole

miró alrededor para ver si veía a alguien — she looked around to see if she could see anyone

mirar de reojo o de través — to look out of the corner of one's eye

2) (=comprobar) to look

¿has mirado en el cajón? — have you looked in the drawer?

3) (=estar orientado hacia) to face

la casa mira al sur — the house faces south

el balcón mira al jardín — the balcony looks out onto the garden

4) (=cuidar)

mirar por algn — to look after sb, take care of sb

debes de mirar por tus hermanos — you should look after o take care of your brothers

mira mucho por su ropa — she takes great care of her clothes

solo mira por sus intereses — he only looks after his own interests

tienes que mirar por ti mismo — you have to look out for yourself

5) [uso exclamativo]
a) [en imperativo]

¡mira! un ratón — look, a mouse!

mira, yo creo que ... — look, I think that ...

mira, déjame en paz ahora — look, just leave me alone now

mire usted, yo no tengo por qué aguantar esto — look here, I don't have to put up with this

b) [indicando sorpresa, admiración]

mira si, ¡mira si estaría buena la sopa que todos repitieron! — the soup was so good that everyone had seconds!

¡mira si es listo el niño! — what a clever boy he is!

- ¡pues mira por dónde ...!
6)

mirar a(=proponerse) to aim at

este proyecto mira a mejorar la calidad del agua — this project is aimed at improving water quality

7) frm

por lo que mira a — as for, as regards

3.
See:
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1.
verbo transitivo
1)
a) (observar, contemplar) to look at

no me mires así — don't look at me like that

se me quedó mirando — he just stared at me, he just gaped at me

miró el reloj con disimulo — she glanced furtively at her watch

miraba distraída por la ventana — he was gazing absent-mindedly out of the window

mirar a alguien a los ojos — to look somebody in the eye

miraba cómo lo hacía — he was watching how she did it

he mirado el informe muy por encima — I've only had a quick look at the report

ir a mirar escaparates or (AmL) vidrieras — to go window shopping

ser de mírame y no me toques — to be very fragile o delicate

b) <programa/partido> to watch

mirar televisión — to watch television

2) (fijarse) to look

a ver si mira por dónde va — why don't you look where you're going?

mira lo que has hecho! — look what you've done!

mira bien que esté apagado — make sure o check it's off

mira a ver si está listo — have a look to see if he's ready

mira a ver si lo puedes abrir tú — see if you can open it

3) (considerar)

míralo desde otro punto de vista — look at it from another point of view

mira bien lo que haces — think hard about what you're doing

bien mirado or mirándolo bien, no es una mala idea — thinking about it o all things considered, it's not a bad idea

mirándolo bien creo que prefiero no ir — on second thoughts, I think I'd prefer to stay

lo mires por donde lo mires — whatever o whichever way you look at it

mirar algo en menos — <regalo> to turn one's nose up at something; <trabajo/idea> to look down one's nose at something

mirar a alguien en menos — to look down on somebody

mirar mal or no mirar bien a alguien: lo miran mal porque lleva el pelo largo they disapprove of him because he has long hair; en el trabajo no lo miran bien — he's not very highly thought of at work

4) (ser cuidadoso con)

mira mucho el dinero — she's very careful with her money

mira hasta el último céntimo — he watches every penny

5)
a) (expresando incredulidad, irritación, etc)

mira que poner un plato de plástico en el horno ...! — honestly o really! imagine putting a plastic dish in the oven ...! (colloq)

mira que eres tacaño! — boy, you're mean! (colloq)

mira las veces que te lo habré dicho ...! — the times I've told you!

mira quién habla! — look who's talking!

mira si será egoísta! — talk about (being) selfish!

b) (en advertencias)

mira que mi paciencia tiene un límite — I'm warning you, I'm running out of patience

mira que ya son las nueve — you realize o you (do) know it's already nine

2.
mirar vi
1) (observar, contemplar) to look

no mires — don't look

se mira y no se toca — look but don't touch

he mirado por todas partes — I've looked everywhere

mirar por la ventana — to look out of the window

¿miraste bien? — did you have a good look?, did you look properly?

mirar atrás — to look back

2) (fijarse) to look

mire usted, la cosa es muy sencilla — well, it's very simple

sacó el primer premio - mira tú! — he won first prize - well, well! o well I never!

no, mira, yo tampoco me lo creo — no, to be honest, I don't believe it either

mira, no me vengas con excusas — look, I don't want to listen to your excuses

mira por dónde — (Esp fam)

y mira por dónde, me llevé el trofeo — and would you believe it? I won the trophy, and guess what? I won the trophy

3) (estar orientado)

mirar A/HACIA algo — fachada/frente to face something; terraza/habitación to look out over something, overlook something

ponte mirando hacia la ventana — stand (o sit etc) facing the window

4) mirar por
a) (preocuparse por) to think of
b) (Col) (cuidar) to look after
3.
mirarse v pron
a) (refl) to look at oneself
b) (recípr) to look at each other
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= look, look through, behold, check out, peek, look (a)round, roam over, catch + sight of, eye.
Nota: Participio pasado eyeing (UK) o eying (USA).
Ex. This chapter takes the opportunity to look at an assortment of other aspects of bibliographic description.
Ex. If you possess a copy of CC it would be advisable for you to look through it at this stage and acquaint yourself with the general appearance of each Part before proceeding further.
Ex. As Confucius said 'behold the turtle, he makes progress only when his neck is out'.
Ex. Where problems do arise it is sensible to check out the training programme before blaming the assistant for poor performance of duties.
Ex. The article 'Peeking inside the black box - a look at the private life of your modem' explains the theory and mechanism of modems.
Ex. One has only to look around in bookshops to see how many paperbacks on show have film or TV links.
Ex. According to Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the semantic web, intelligent agent software will have the ability to understand the meaning (semantics) of the information they are roaming over in order to make the users' searches more inherently meaningful and efficient.
Ex. 'Good grief!', he cried, catching sight of the clock.
Ex. The banking community is eyeing its possibilities with serious interest.
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* a caballo regalado no se le mira el diente = never look a gift horse in the mouth.
* aficionado a mirar las estrellas = stargazer.
* bien mirado = all things considered.
* deleitarse mirando = feast + Posesivo + eyes on.
* hacer que la gente se vuelva a mirar = make + heads turn.
* hay que mirar hacia el futuro = the show must go on.
* haz el bien y no mires a quién = cast your bread upon the waters.
* mirando al sur = south facing.
* mirando hacia atrás = in retrospect.
* mirándolo bien = all things considered.
* ¡mira por donde! = lo and behold!, lo!.
* ¡mira quién habla! = look who's talking!.
* mirar a = look at, peer at, look onto.
* mirar a Alguien con odio = look + daggers at.
* mirar a Alguien de arriba abajo = look + Nombre + up and down.
* mirar adelante = look + straight ahead.
* mirar a hurtadillas = peep.
* mirar a la gente con desprecio = look down + Posesivo + nose at people.
* mirar al frente = look + straight ahead.
* mirar a los ojos = make + eye contact, look + Nombre + in the eyes.
* mirar al otro lado = look + the other way.
* mirar al vacío = stare into + space, look into + space, gaze into + space.
* mirar con desdén = scowl (at).
* mirar con desprecio = look down + Posesivo + nose at, look down on/upon.
* mirar con el ceño fruncido = glower, scowl (at).
* mirar con ira = glower, scowl (at).
* mirar con malos ojos = glower, scowl (at).
* mirar cuidadosamente = comb trough.
* mirar de arriba abajo = eye.
* mirar dentro de = peer into.
* mirar de reojo a = steal + a glance at.
* mirar desde arriba = look down on/upon, look down over.
* mirar de soslayo a = steal + a glance at.
* mirar detenidamente = go through, eye.
* mirar en otra dirección = look + the other way.
* mirar fijamente = stare at, look + hard, gaze.
* mirar fijamente a los ojos = eyeball.
* mirar furtivamente = peep.
* mirar hacia = overlook.
* mirar hacia abajo = look down.
* mirar hacia arriba = look up.
* mirar hacia atrás = look back.
* mirar hacia el futuro = look forward, look + ahead.
* mirar la bola de cristal = gaze into + crystal ball.
* mirar las estrellas = stargaze.
* mirar ligeramente = glance at.
* mirar para atrás = look back.
* mirar por = look about, peer out, look out.
* mirar por encima = eyeball.
* mirar por encima del hombro = look over + Posesivo + shoulders, look down + Posesivo + nose at, look down on/upon.
* mirar por encima del hombro a la gente = look down + Posesivo + nose at people.
* mirar rápidamente = shoot + a look at.
* mirar rápidamente buscando algo = scan.
* mirar rápida y brevemente = catch + sight of.
* mirarse el ombligo = contemplate + navel, gaze at + Posesivo + navel.
* que mira al sur = south facing.
* recrearse mirando = feast + Posesivo + eyes on.
* ser mirado de forma extraña = get + some funny looks.
* si bien se mira = all things considered.
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1.
verbo transitivo
1)
a) (observar, contemplar) to look at

no me mires así — don't look at me like that

se me quedó mirando — he just stared at me, he just gaped at me

miró el reloj con disimulo — she glanced furtively at her watch

miraba distraída por la ventana — he was gazing absent-mindedly out of the window

mirar a alguien a los ojos — to look somebody in the eye

miraba cómo lo hacía — he was watching how she did it

he mirado el informe muy por encima — I've only had a quick look at the report

ir a mirar escaparates or (AmL) vidrieras — to go window shopping

ser de mírame y no me toques — to be very fragile o delicate

b) <programa/partido> to watch

mirar televisión — to watch television

2) (fijarse) to look

a ver si mira por dónde va — why don't you look where you're going?

mira lo que has hecho! — look what you've done!

mira bien que esté apagado — make sure o check it's off

mira a ver si está listo — have a look to see if he's ready

mira a ver si lo puedes abrir tú — see if you can open it

3) (considerar)

míralo desde otro punto de vista — look at it from another point of view

mira bien lo que haces — think hard about what you're doing

bien mirado or mirándolo bien, no es una mala idea — thinking about it o all things considered, it's not a bad idea

mirándolo bien creo que prefiero no ir — on second thoughts, I think I'd prefer to stay

lo mires por donde lo mires — whatever o whichever way you look at it

mirar algo en menos — <regalo> to turn one's nose up at something; <trabajo/idea> to look down one's nose at something

mirar a alguien en menos — to look down on somebody

mirar mal or no mirar bien a alguien: lo miran mal porque lleva el pelo largo they disapprove of him because he has long hair; en el trabajo no lo miran bien — he's not very highly thought of at work

4) (ser cuidadoso con)

mira mucho el dinero — she's very careful with her money

mira hasta el último céntimo — he watches every penny

5)
a) (expresando incredulidad, irritación, etc)

mira que poner un plato de plástico en el horno ...! — honestly o really! imagine putting a plastic dish in the oven ...! (colloq)

mira que eres tacaño! — boy, you're mean! (colloq)

mira las veces que te lo habré dicho ...! — the times I've told you!

mira quién habla! — look who's talking!

mira si será egoísta! — talk about (being) selfish!

b) (en advertencias)

mira que mi paciencia tiene un límite — I'm warning you, I'm running out of patience

mira que ya son las nueve — you realize o you (do) know it's already nine

2.
mirar vi
1) (observar, contemplar) to look

no mires — don't look

se mira y no se toca — look but don't touch

he mirado por todas partes — I've looked everywhere

mirar por la ventana — to look out of the window

¿miraste bien? — did you have a good look?, did you look properly?

mirar atrás — to look back

2) (fijarse) to look

mire usted, la cosa es muy sencilla — well, it's very simple

sacó el primer premio - mira tú! — he won first prize - well, well! o well I never!

no, mira, yo tampoco me lo creo — no, to be honest, I don't believe it either

mira, no me vengas con excusas — look, I don't want to listen to your excuses

mira por dónde — (Esp fam)

y mira por dónde, me llevé el trofeo — and would you believe it? I won the trophy, and guess what? I won the trophy

3) (estar orientado)

mirar A/HACIA algo — fachada/frente to face something; terraza/habitación to look out over something, overlook something

ponte mirando hacia la ventana — stand (o sit etc) facing the window

4) mirar por
a) (preocuparse por) to think of
b) (Col) (cuidar) to look after
3.
mirarse v pron
a) (refl) to look at oneself
b) (recípr) to look at each other
* * *
= look, look through, behold, check out, peek, look (a)round, roam over, catch + sight of, eye.
Nota: Participio pasado eyeing (UK) o eying (USA).

Ex: This chapter takes the opportunity to look at an assortment of other aspects of bibliographic description.

Ex: If you possess a copy of CC it would be advisable for you to look through it at this stage and acquaint yourself with the general appearance of each Part before proceeding further.
Ex: As Confucius said 'behold the turtle, he makes progress only when his neck is out'.
Ex: Where problems do arise it is sensible to check out the training programme before blaming the assistant for poor performance of duties.
Ex: The article 'Peeking inside the black box - a look at the private life of your modem' explains the theory and mechanism of modems.
Ex: One has only to look around in bookshops to see how many paperbacks on show have film or TV links.
Ex: According to Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the semantic web, intelligent agent software will have the ability to understand the meaning (semantics) of the information they are roaming over in order to make the users' searches more inherently meaningful and efficient.
Ex: 'Good grief!', he cried, catching sight of the clock.
Ex: The banking community is eyeing its possibilities with serious interest.
* a caballo regalado no se le mira el diente = never look a gift horse in the mouth.
* aficionado a mirar las estrellas = stargazer.
* bien mirado = all things considered.
* deleitarse mirando = feast + Posesivo + eyes on.
* hacer que la gente se vuelva a mirar = make + heads turn.
* hay que mirar hacia el futuro = the show must go on.
* haz el bien y no mires a quién = cast your bread upon the waters.
* mirando al sur = south facing.
* mirando hacia atrás = in retrospect.
* mirándolo bien = all things considered.
* ¡mira por donde! = lo and behold!, lo!.
* ¡mira quién habla! = look who's talking!.
* mirar a = look at, peer at, look onto.
* mirar a Alguien con odio = look + daggers at.
* mirar a Alguien de arriba abajo = look + Nombre + up and down.
* mirar adelante = look + straight ahead.
* mirar a hurtadillas = peep.
* mirar a la gente con desprecio = look down + Posesivo + nose at people.
* mirar al frente = look + straight ahead.
* mirar a los ojos = make + eye contact, look + Nombre + in the eyes.
* mirar al otro lado = look + the other way.
* mirar al vacío = stare into + space, look into + space, gaze into + space.
* mirar con desdén = scowl (at).
* mirar con desprecio = look down + Posesivo + nose at, look down on/upon.
* mirar con el ceño fruncido = glower, scowl (at).
* mirar con ira = glower, scowl (at).
* mirar con malos ojos = glower, scowl (at).
* mirar cuidadosamente = comb trough.
* mirar de arriba abajo = eye.
* mirar dentro de = peer into.
* mirar de reojo a = steal + a glance at.
* mirar desde arriba = look down on/upon, look down over.
* mirar de soslayo a = steal + a glance at.
* mirar detenidamente = go through, eye.
* mirar en otra dirección = look + the other way.
* mirar fijamente = stare at, look + hard, gaze.
* mirar fijamente a los ojos = eyeball.
* mirar furtivamente = peep.
* mirar hacia = overlook.
* mirar hacia abajo = look down.
* mirar hacia arriba = look up.
* mirar hacia atrás = look back.
* mirar hacia el futuro = look forward, look + ahead.
* mirar la bola de cristal = gaze into + crystal ball.
* mirar las estrellas = stargaze.
* mirar ligeramente = glance at.
* mirar para atrás = look back.
* mirar por = look about, peer out, look out.
* mirar por encima = eyeball.
* mirar por encima del hombro = look over + Posesivo + shoulders, look down + Posesivo + nose at, look down on/upon.
* mirar por encima del hombro a la gente = look down + Posesivo + nose at people.
* mirar rápidamente = shoot + a look at.
* mirar rápidamente buscando algo = scan.
* mirar rápida y brevemente = catch + sight of.
* mirarse el ombligo = contemplate + navel, gaze at + Posesivo + navel.
* que mira al sur = south facing.
* recrearse mirando = feast + Posesivo + eyes on.
* ser mirado de forma extraña = get + some funny looks.
* si bien se mira = all things considered.

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mirar [A1 ]
GUIA DE BUSQUEDA
■ mirar (verbo transitivo)
A
1 contemplar: dibujo, etc
2 mirar: programa, partido
B fijarse
C considerar: problema, cuestión
D ser cuidadoso con
E
1 expresando incredulidad etc
2 en advertencias
■ mirar (verbo intransitivo)
A observar, contemplar
B fijarse
C estar orientado hacia algo
D
1 preocuparse por
2 cuidar
■ mirarse (verbo pronominal)
1 cuidarse
2 contemplarse
vt
A
1 (contemplar) ‹dibujo/persona› to look at
se me quedó mirando con la boca abierta he just stared at me open-mouthed, he just gaped at me
miró el reloj con disimulo she glanced furtively at her watch
miraba distraída por la ventana he was gazing absent-mindedly out of the window
no me mires así don't look at me like that
nunca te mira a los ojos cuando te habla he never looks you in the eye when he's talking to you
la miró de arriba (a) abajo he eyed o looked her up and down
estaba mirando una revista he was looking o leafing through a magazine
se quedó mirando cómo lo hacía he stood watching how she did it
¿has leído el informe? — lo he mirado muy por encima have you read the report — I've only had a quick look at it o I've only given it a cursory glance
salieron a mirar escaparates or (AmL) vidrieras they went (out) window shopping
mírame y no me toques: esta cristalería es de las de mírame y no me toques you've only to look at this glassware and it breaks
el encaje es muy antiguo y está que mírame y no me toques the lace is very old and it's very fragile o delicate
2 ‹programa/partido› to watch
mirar televisión to watch television
B (fijarse) to look
mira qué vestido más bonito what a lovely dress!, that's a lovely dress, isn't it?
a ver si mira por dónde va why don't you look where you're going?
mira cómo se divierten look what fun they're having!
¡mira lo que has hecho! look what you've done!
antes de salir mira bien que no quede ninguna luz encendida make sure o check there are no lights left on before you go out
mira a ver si el pollo está listo look o have a look at the chicken to see if it's done
mira a ver si lo puedes abrir tú see if you can open it
C (considerar) ‹problema/cuestión›
míralo desde otro punto de vista look at it from another point of view
mira bien lo que haces think hard o carefully about what you're doing
bien mirado or mirándolo bien, no es una mala idea thinking about it o all things considered, it's not a bad idea
bien mirado or mirándolo bien, había algo extraño en él thinking about it o now that I come to think about it, there was something strange about him
mirándolo bien creo que prefiero quedarme en casa on second thoughts, I think I'd prefer to stay at home
lo mires por donde lo mires whatever o whichever way you look at it
mirar algo/a algn en menos: me miró en menos el regalo y me costó tan caro the present I gave her cost the earth and she looked down her nose at it
yo que lo miré en menos y es un rico heredero I turned my nose up at him and it turns out he's the the heir to a fortune!
los miran en menos porque son pobres people look down on them because they're poor
mirar mal or no mirar bien a algn: en el trabajo no lo miran bien he's not very highly thought of at work, they don't have a very high opinion of him at work
lo miran mal porque lleva el pelo largo they disapprove of him because he has long hair
los miran mal porque no están casados they're frowned upon because they're not married, people disapprove of them because they're not married
D
(ser cuidadoso con): mira mucho el dinero she's very careful with her money
mira hasta el último céntimo he watches every penny
E
1
(expresando incredulidad, irritación, etc): ¡mira que poner un plato de plástico en el horno …! honestly o really! imagine putting a plastic dish in the oven …! (colloq)
¡mira que tú también te metes en cada lío …! you're a fine one to talk, with all the scrapes you get into! (colloq)
¡mira que no saber dónde está Helsinki …! imagine o (BrE) fancy not knowing where Helsinki is!
¡mira que eres tacaño! you're so mean! boy, you're mean! (colloq)
¡mira que te lo he dicho de veces …! the times I've told you!, how many times do I have to tell you?
¡mira quién habla! look o hark who's talking!
mira si será egoísta, que no me lo quiso prestar talk about (being) selfish! he wouldn't lend it to me
2
(en advertencias): mira que mañana hay huelga de trenes remember that there's a train strike tomorrow
mira que mi paciencia tiene un límite I'm warning you, I'm running out of patience
¿todavía estás aquí? mira que ya son las nueve are you still here? you realize o you (do) know it's already gone nine …
■ mirar
vi
A (observar, contemplar) to look
no mires, que es una sorpresa don't look, it's a surprise
cuando hay alguna escena violenta yo no miro when there's a violent scene I don't look
se mira y no se toca look but don't touch
he mirado por todas partes y no lo encuentro I've looked everywhere but I can't find it
se pasa el día mirando por la ventana he spends the whole day looking out of the window
¿estás seguro de que no está? ¿miraste bien? are you sure it's not there? did you have a good look? o did you look properly?
tienes que mirar por aquí/por este agujero you have to look through here/through this hole
mirar atrás to look back
B (fijarse) to look
mire usted, la cosa es muy sencilla well, it's very simple
sacó el primer premio — ¡mira tú! he won first prize — well, well! o well I never! o you're kidding! o (BrE) get away! (colloq)
mire, le quería hacer una pregunta look, there's something I wanted to ask you
no, mira, yo tampoco me lo creo no, to be honest o to tell you the truth, I don't believe it either
mira, no me vengas ahora con excusas look, I don't want to listen to your excuses
mira, hazlo como te dé la gana well o look, just go ahead and do it however you like!
mira por dónde (Esp fam): yo no quería participar y, mira por dónde, me llevé el trofeo I didn't even want to take part and yet, would you believe it? I won the trophy o and guess what? I won the trophy
¿no decías que era tan difícil conseguir una entrada? pues mira por dónde, no había ni cola didn't you say it was really difficult to get a ticket? well, can you believe it? there wasn't even a line (AmE) o (BrE) queue (colloq)
y mira por dónde, tenía yo razón and, you know what? I was right (colloq)
C (estar orientado) mirar A/ HACIA algo; to face sth
la fachada mira al sur the front of the building faces south o is south-facing
esa habitación mira al mar that room overlooks the sea
el balcón mira a las montañas the balcony looks out onto the mountains
ponte mirando hacia la ventana stand ( o sit etc) facing the window
D mirar por
1 (preocuparse por) to think of
no mira más que por sus intereses he only thinks of his own interests
mira por ti misma, los demás que se las arreglen just worry about yourself o just think of o about yourself, and let others sort out their own problems
2 (Col) (cuidar) to look after
¿quién mira por los niños? who's looking after o taking care of the children?
mirarse
v pron
1 (refl) to look at oneself
se miró en el or al espejo she looked at herself in the mirror
2 (recípr) to look at each other
se miraron extrañados they looked at each other in surprise
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mirar (conjugate mirar) verbo transitivo
1
a) (observar, contemplar) to look at;

mirar un cuadro to look at a picture;

no me mires así don't look at me like that;
mirar a algn a los ojos to look sb in the eye;
se me quedó mirando he just stared at me;
miraba distraída por la ventana he was gazing absent-mindedly out of the window;
miraba cómo lo hacía he was watching how she did it;
ir a mirar escaparates or (AmL) vidrieras to go window shopping
b)programa/partido/televisiónto watch

2 (fijarse) to look;
¡mira lo que has hecho! look what you've done!;

mira bien que esté apagado make sure o check it's off;
miré a ver si estaba listo I had a look to see if he was ready
3 (considerar):
míralo desde otro punto de vista look at it from another point of view;

lo mires por donde lo mires whatever o whichever way you look at it;
mirándolo bien (pensándolo detenidamente) all things considered;

(pensándolo mejor) on second thoughts;
mirar a algn en menos to look down on sb;

mirar mal a algn to disapprove of sb
4 (expresando incredulidad, irritación, etc):
¡mira que poner un plato de plástico en el horno …! honestly o really! imagine putting a plastic dish in the oven …! (colloq);

¡mira que eres tacaño! boy, you're mean! (colloq);
¡mira las veces que te lo habré dicho …! the times I've told you!
verbo intransitivo
1 (en general) to look;
he mirado por todas partes I've looked everywhere;

mirar por la ventana to look out of the window;
¿miraste bien? did you have a good look?, did you look properly?;
mirar atrás to look back
2 (estar orientado) mirar A/HACIA algo [fachada] to face sth;
[terraza/habitación] to look out over sth, overlook sth;
ponte mirando hacia la ventana stand (o sit etc) facing the window

3
mirar por

a) (preocuparse por) to think of

b) (Col) (cuidar) to look after

mirarse verbo pronominal
a) (refl) to look at oneself;

mirarse en el espejo to look at oneself in the mirror

b) (recípr) to look at each other

mirar
I verbo transitivo
1 to look at: me miró con preocupación, he looked at me with concern
mirar una palabra en el diccionario, to look up a word in the dictionary
2 (examinar) to watch: miraba la película atentamente, she was watching the film carefully
míralo con atención, look at it carefully
3 (tener cuidado) mira bien con quién andas, be careful of the company you keep
II verbo intransitivo
1 (buscar) miraré en ese rincón, I'll have a look in that corner
2 (cuidar) to look after sb/sthg: mira por tus intereses, she is looking after your interests
3 (estar orientado) to face: la fachada mira al norte, the façade faces north ➣ Ver nota en ver
'mirar' also found in these entries:
Spanish:
alrededor
- atrás
- dar
- directoria I
- directorio
- fijamente
- hito
- hombro
- lupa
- manía
- mirada
- observar
- ojo
- trasluz
- ver
- vista
- volver
- aguaitar
- atentamente
- bien
- caer
- cerca
- checar
- desesperación
- escudriñar
- huevo
- infinito
- microscopio
- mirado
- reojo
- soslayo
- vacío
- valer
- vidriera
English:
about
- around
- at
- browse
- clock
- comb
- contemplate
- dig around
- disdain
- even
- eye
- face
- gape
- gaze
- glance
- glance up
- glare
- glower
- hard
- intently
- leer
- look
- look at
- look back
- look down
- look out
- look round
- nose
- peek
- regard
- scowl
- sideways
- sneak
- space
- square
- squint
- stare
- steadily
- steal
- survey
- take
- tear away
- view
- watch
- window-shopping
- askance
- bright
- double
- down
- fine
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mirar
vt
1. [dirigir la vista a] to look at;
[detenidamente, con atención] to watch; [fijamente] to stare at;
mirar algo de cerca/lejos to look at sth closely/from a distance;
¡míralos! look at them!;
mira lo que pone en ese cartel look (at) what that sign says;
mirar a la gente pasar to watch people go by;
no paraba de mirarme he kept staring at me;
pasaba horas mirando las estrellas I would spend hours gazing at the stars;
mirar algo/a alguien con disimulo to glance furtively at sth/sb;
mirar algo por encima to glance over sth, to have a quick look at sth;
mirar a alguien con ira to look angrily at sb, to glare at sb;
mirar a alguien de arriba abajo to look sb up and down;
Comp
mirar a alguien por encima del hombro to look down on sb;
Comp
Fam
ser de mírame y no me toques to be very fragile
2. [fijarse en]
primero mira cómo lo hago yo first, watch o see how I do it;
mira que no falte nada en las maletas check to see nothing's missing from the suitcases;
míralos bien y dime cuál te gusta más have a good look at them and tell me which you like best
3. [examinar] to check, to look through;
he mirado todo el periódico I've looked through the whole newspaper;
miraremos tu expediente con mucha atención we'll look at your file very carefully;
le miraron todas las maletas they searched all her luggage;
eso te lo tiene que mirar un médico you should have that looked at by a doctor
4. [considerar]
mira bien lo que haces be careful about what you do;
míralo desde este ángulo… look at it this way…;
bien mirado…, mirándolo bien… if you think about it…;
aunque bien mirado, podemos ir los dos on second thoughts, we could both go;
lo mires por donde lo mires whichever way you look at it;
mirar a alguien bien/mal to approve/disapprove of sb;
en este país miran mucho la puntualidad punctuality is very important to people in this country;
mirar mucho el dinero to be very careful with money
vi
1. [dirigir la vista] to look;
[detenidamente, con atención] to watch; [fijamente] to stare;
mira bien antes de cruzar look carefully before crossing the road;
miraban por la ventana they were looking out of the window;
¡mira! look (at that)!;
mira, yo creo que… look, I think (that)…;
Esp
mira por dónde guess what?, would you believe it?;
también Irónico
¡mira qué bien! isn't that great!;
mira que te avisé I told you so;
¡mira que eres pesado/tonto! you're so annoying/silly!;
¡mira que salir sin paraguas con la que está cayendo! fancy going out without an umbrella in this rain!;
¡mira si haría calor que no pude dormir! it was so hot I couldn't sleep!;
Comp
¡mira quién fue a hablar! look who's talking!;
Comp
Am Fam
mirar feo: siempre miraba feo a mis amigos she always looked down her nose at my friends
2. [buscar] to check, to look;
he mirado en todas partes I've looked everywhere
3.
mirar a [orientarse hacia] [casa, fachada] to face;
[habitación, terraza] to look out onto;
la mezquita mira al este the mosque faces east;
la habitación mira al mar the room looks out onto the sea
4.
mirar por [cuidar de] to look after;
mirar por los demás to look out for other people;
sólo mira por sus intereses she only looks after her own interests
5. Fam [averiguar, comprobar]
mirar a ver si to see if o whether;
mira a ver si ha llegado la carta (go and) see if the letter has arrived;
mira a ver si tienes algo de cambio para dejarme (have a look and) see if you've got any change you could lend me
See also the pronominal verb mirarse
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mirar
I v/t
1 look at
2 (observar) watch;
3 fig (considerar) look at, consider;
no mirar el precio not worry about the cost;
mira bien lo que haces think carefully about what you’re doing
4 L.Am. (ver) see;
¿qué miras desde aquí? what can you see from here?
II v/i look;
mirar a/hacia algo face sth;
mirar al norte de una ventana etc face north;
mirar por look through; (cuidar) look after;
mirar por la ventana look out of the window;
¡mira! look!;
¡mira por dónde! would you believe it?;
mirándolo bien thinking about it, now that I etc come to think about it
* * *
mirar vt
1) : to look at
2) observar: to watch
3) reflexionar: to consider, to think over
mirar vi
1) : to look
2) : to face, to overlook
3)
mirar por : to look after, to look out for
See also the reflexive verb mirarse
* * *
mirar vb
1. (en general) to look / to look at
mira en el armario look in the wardrobe
he mirado por todas partes I've looked everywhere
se miró en el espejo she looked at herself in the mirror
2. (observar) to watch
estaba mirando cómo llegaban los barcos he was watching the boats arrive
3. (considerar) to think about [pt. & pp. thought]
mira bien lo que haces think carefully about what you're doing
4. (consultar) to look up
míralo en el diccionario look it up in the dictionary
mirar fijamente to stare at

Spanish-English dictionary. 2013.

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