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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 loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (hallar lo de interés)find [sth] interesting vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
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.
 He always used to get his own way, but this time he has met his match.
encontrar ayuda loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (hallar apoyo)find help vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S]
encontrar en internet loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (hallar en la red)find on the internet v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
encontrar interesante que
encontrar interesante que se haga algo
loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
(juzgar importante)find it interesting that v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
Note: Se construye con subjuntivo.
 Encuentro interesante que conviertan el aire en electricidad.
 I find it interesting that wind can be converted into electricity.
encontrar la forma de
encontrar la manera de
loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
(hallar la manera)  (with gerund)find a way of v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
   (with infinitive)find a way to v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
encontrar la manera de find a way of
  find a way to
encontrar la muerte loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (morir)  (figurative)meet your end v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  meet your death v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
encontrar pareja loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (hallar la media naranja)find a partner, find a spouse v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
   (figurative)find a better half, find a soul mate v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
encontrar trabajo loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (hallar empleo)find work, find a job v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  look for work, look for a job v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  job hunt exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
encontrar una pista loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (hallar pistas)find a clue v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
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