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encontrar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (hallar algo)find vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (informal)come across vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Los buzos encontraron un tesoro en el pecio.
 The divers found a treasure in the wreckage of the ship.
encontrar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (descubrir algo)discover vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  spot vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (obstacle, difficulty)encounter vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Los científicos encontraron una vacuna contra la malaria.
 The scientists discovered a vaccine against malaria.
encontrar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (ver: personas)  (planned)meet vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (by chance)run into, come across vi + prep
 Encontré a tu hermano en el cine.
 I met your brother at the cinema.
encontrarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (unir, converger)meet viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
   (formal)merge, converge viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Las líneas secantes se encuentran en un punto.
 The intersecting lines meet at a single point.
encontrarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (hallarse)find yourself v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  be viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  feel yourself to be, perceive yourself to be v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Los refugiados se encuentran en una situación desesperada.
 The refugees find themselves in a desperate situation.
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Compound Forms:
encontrar algo interesante find something interesting
encontrar alguien la horma de su zapato vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). coloquial (encontrar rival de nivel)find the perfect match exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  find the ideal mate exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Siempre se salía con la suya pero, esta vez, ha encontrado la horma de su zapato.
 He always went out with many girls, but this time he found the perfect match.
encontrar alguien la horma de su zapato vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). coloquial (chocar con alguien similar)meet your match v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Encontró en el nuevo subdirector la horma de su zapato y tuvo aprender a ceder.
 He met his match in the new assistant director, and had to learn to yield.
encontrar ayuda find help
encontrar en internet find on the internet
encontrar interesante que [+ subjuntivo] find it interesting that [+ subject + verb]
encontrar la forma de find a way of
  find a way to
encontrar la manera de find a way of
  find a way to
encontrar la muerte meet your end, meet death
encontrar pareja find a partner
  find a spouse
encontrar trabajo find work
  find a job
encontrar una pista find a clue
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