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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)meet your match v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  find the perfect match v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
   (romantic)find the ideal mate v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Siempre se salía con la suya pero, esta vez, ha encontrado la horma de su zapato.
 * The champion always dominated every opponent, but not today. He's finally met his match.
 * 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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