Translation of kill in Spanish:


matar, v.

Pronunciation /kɪl//kɪl/

transitive verb

  • 1

    (cause death of)
    (person/animal) matar
    (person/animal) dar muerte a formal
    you'll get yourself killed te van a matar
    • he killed himself se suicidó
    • you'll kill yourself driving like that te vas a matar manejando de esa manera
    • he was killed by the rebels fue muerto por los rebeldes
    • she was killed in a car crash se mató / murió en un accidente de coche
    • nine people were killed in the fire nueve personas resultaron muertas en el incendio
    • he was killed in the war murió en la guerra
    • the disease kills thousands every year la enfermedad se cobra miles de víctimas anualmente
    • it was drink that killed him la bebida acabó con él
    • I'll kill him if he wakes me up! ¡como me despierte lo mato!
    • I have thoughts of killing myself but would not carry them out.
    • Some 250,000 sea birds were killed and the local fishing industry was devastated.
    • He paid tribute to the two soldiers killed in the crash.
    • Hamlet is able to avenge his father's death by killing his uncle.
    • He was tragically killed in an accident while serving with our forces overseas.
    • If the virus kills a bird quickly, the animal is less likely to spread the disease.
    • Insecticides will kill the butterfly larvae as well as the aphids, so allow ladybugs time to eliminate them.
    • When the daughter of an industrialist apparently kills herself, her sister is unconvinced.
    • The point being that chimps tend to kill with impunity in the wild.
    • What does appal me is when overfed and bored domestic cats torture and kill birds for pleasure.
    • This time, for the first time, he killed out of anger and hate.
    • The British fox is an opportunist predator, which kills poultry, new-born lambs and piglets, as well as young hares and wild ground-nesting birds.
    • Troy, however, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident this summer.
    • During last year's Bank Holiday period six people were killed on the roads.
    • Tuna boats, for example, often kill sharks, turtles, and dolphins that get trapped in their nets.
    • A teenage boy was killed in the crossfire, and two soldiers were wounded.
    • The dust contains compounds and organisms that are damaging and probably killing the living coral.
    • Fish farmers are licensed to kill predators that threaten their nets, pens and fish.
    • Licenses to kill marine mammals trying to eat farmed fish can be obtained from the department for $5.
    • Some thirty people were killed in the clash between partisans of the two performers.
  • 2

    • 2.1(destroy)

      (enthusiasm/hopes) acabar con
      her arrival killed the conversation stone dead con su llegada se cortó la conversación en seco
      • Benn's proposals for democratising industry were killed off by the civil service and the Labour leadership.
      • Any hopes Birmingham had of getting back into the match were killed off by Wayne Rooney with a 78th minute goal.
      • They are dying out because the wild flowers on which their caterpillars feed are being killed off by farmers, landowners and foresters.
      • A no vote by Chile could kill plans for granting it the same access to the US market that Canada and Mexico now enjoy.
      • The cornflowers which used to sprinkle farmers' fields with blue have been killed off as weeds by herbicides.
      • It was killed by a single vote in the Senate's Judiciary Proceedings Committee.
      • In another attempt to keep the pace moving, the committee voted to kill radio and television timeouts in overtime.
      • Scotland's once great steel industry was virtually killed off with the closure of Ravenscraig in 1992.
      • The California measure was killed in committee, but the industry has had little time to celebrate.
      • Nevertheless, it does mean we're in for a tedious few months as the singles sales chart is finally killed off.
      • But the show was killed off despite the best efforts of Gallagher, an expert in PR spin before the term was invented.
      • A few corporations got to buy a few favours from the government, but the schemes had largely collapsed by the time they were killed off.
      • In World War I, most of the best, bravest, and brightest young men were killed off.
      • Failure may not kill the President's second-term, but it will weaken it and overshadow successes in other areas.
      • Environmentalists who have studied the effects of river pollution are sceptical of claims that all wildlife is killed off.
      • All animals that could not be made to perform some sort of service to society were completely killed off.
      • One book that is covered here has been indirectly responsible for millions of people being killed off.
      • Trafford Park itself went into a decline, which meant there was less demand for buses so certain services were killed off.
      • It showed the disease was still prevalent in the run-up to autumn and had not been killed off by recent warm weather, he said.
      • Unfortunately, the Tunnel was killed off when the military feared that it might be used as an invasion route.
      • The brave little boy went through six weeks of radiotherapy then another six months of chemotherapy before the cancer was finally killed off.
      • The Scottish parliament could proceed with the bill despite a recommendation by the committee to kill it.
      • The old Mini was effectively killed off in 1999 by safety and emissions regulations.
      • Early plans for a bit of work were killed off when he lost his job.
      • It was killed by five votes in a filibuster in the Senate, so we came very close just 35 years ago.
      • The suspended bill is then voted on by those registered to vote and if the majority vote against the bill, it is killed off.
      • Authorities' failure to kill the counterfeits is in part because the vendors have found a way around the system.
      • All sorts of artists and programmers are making changes to the game all the time, and any one change might kill performance.
      • Eventually the tumours were killed off by high-tech laser surgery.
      • Earlier schemes for their redevelopment were killed off by the property downturn of 1990-93.

    • 2.2informal (quash)

      (rumors) acabar con
      the opposition failed to kill the bill la oposición no logró estrangular el proyecto de ley

    • 2.3(spoil)

      (flavor/taste) estropear
      • The trick is to kill pest insects without killing the taste or texture of the food they infest.
      • Do not refrigerate tomatoes, or you'll kill the taste.
      • The incessant spread of globalization is killing the very qualities of distinctiveness and diversity of our differing cultures that make this world such a special place to live in.
      • A software patent, which serves to protect inventions of a non-technical nature, could kill the high innovation rate.
      • The companies that claim this will kill innovation are making a big deal out of nothing.
      • This is corporate committee think, and committees always kill creativity.

    • 2.4(deaden)

      (pain) calmar

  • 3

    • 3.1informal (cause discomfort)

      matar informal
      my feet/shoes are killing me los pies/zapatos me están matando informal
      • I'm a bit tired today, knees and ankles are killing me from all the walking I did last night, but it was well worth it.
      • My back is killing me tonight and my wonderful husband propped me up at the computer chair with some pillows.
      • He's been part of my soul, we grew up together, and it kills me to know how badly I have hurt him.
      • But at least the new scenarios don't kill you trying to keep guests happy.
      • There is no electricity, no water, the heat is killing us.

    • 3.2informal (tire out, exhaust)

      matar informal
      all this work is killing me tanto trabajo me está matando informal
      • don't kill yourself! ¡cuidado, no te vayas a herniar!
      • What you realise is you don't win any medals by killing yourself.
      • Doing an OK job and getting 2% makes far better economic sense when compared to killing yourself and getting 3%.
      • Figure that as a percentage of your take home and it becomes evident that you're killing yourself with work and family for - literally - nothing.
      • I'm tired of chasing technology, literally killing myself every two years to come out with a new product.
      • Sir Walter Scott nearly killed himself writing enough to pay for his home.

    • 3.3informal (amuse, shock)

      their jokes kill me me mato de risa con sus chistes Latin America
      • what killed me was the callous way he said it lo que me mató fue la brutalidad con la que lo dijo

  • 4informal

    (switch off)
    (lights/engine) apagar
    • Jack killed the lights on his old truck a block before he arrived at the house Woodbridge and Tattersall shared.
    • I ticked halfway down this service road and stopped the van and killed the lights.
    • As the boat reaches the GPS coordinates for Table Top, a rise in the ocean floor southwest of Tatoosh Island, Anderson kills the motor.
    • The motorcyclist killed his engine and dismounted.
    • She killed the engine and climbed out.
  • 5informal

    we killed a bottle of brandy nos liquidamos una botella de coñac informal
    • They killed the bottle in half an hour.
    • A sad thing is going up to the bar to pour your last glass of whiskey, then discovering your first glass killed the bottle.
  • 6

    • 6.1(in tennis, squash)

      (ball) matar

    • 6.2(in soccer)

      (ball) parar
      (ball) matar
      • When the ball came off my foot on the 50-yard try, I knew I had enough distance because I killed the ball.
      • He penalised us senseless out there and they were killing so much ball.
      • Just looking at Joe, you can tell he's got the size and strength to really kill the ball.
      • A long ball in from Ball was killed by the Dutchman, who turned and hit it beyond the helpless Arthur.

  • 7

    • It also defeats all known firewalls, killing the running process, replacing the firewall icon, and allowing a stealth FTP connection.
    • If activated it will kill DLL files related to the updating components of various anti-virus programs.
    • I managed to get rid of the dialog by killing some offending system process, but then lost all my unsaved work when the machine rebooted anyway.
    • So I saved the space by killing all the widow lines; I could cut a word and save a line.
    • That makes it difficult for such users to commit themselves to deleting files and decisions have to be made about what files to kill and what files to keep.
    • Why I should have the right to kill a malicious process on your machine
    • Running top and killing the process via top didn't work either.
    • Users have to first kill the Msblast.exe process in Windows Task Manager before they can get anywhere.

intransitive verb

  • 1



  • 1

    the lion closed in for the kill el león se aprestó a caer sobre su presa
    • There had not been a single contact with the terrorists, let alone a confirmed kill.
    • "There are a lot of ways for an easier, quicker kill," he began.
    • But many hunts say there are enough options within the law to allow foxes, hares and deer to be legally chased by hounds, though guns may be used for the kill.
    • An elephant kill is an act of courage, and they know the meat and ivory will trade well.
    • When news of the kill reached the Indians on the beach, they organized a celebration at their community centre seven miles away.
    • I was brought up in Shropshire, so I know all about fox hunting and saw them setting off, all excited, ready for the kill.
    • First kills are made to gain the favor of the female.
    • Had he taken the time to do this before, he would easily have made a kill during his journey that day, as the valley was rich with wildlife.
    • The meet took place 48 hours after the Hunting Bill came into force and unknown to the police the riders made a kill.
    • There is little thrill of the chase, but some quiet satisfaction after the kill.
    • He told McConchie that the company's started buying cattle, with the first kill scheduled for Monday.
    • We are also close enough to ensure a quick, clean kill.
    • Which points to the whole serial killer thing: he likes the kill.
    • The fish that were hurt in the fish kill were mainly pike.
    • There are always soldiers who exult in the kill and keep mementos of their victims.
    • Commemorate your first confirmed kill with a combat patch!
    • You know, no one likes to see a kill, really, in Africa, but that's what nature does.
    • If players are able to remain concealed from their prey, they can attack and perform a stealth kill.
    • The sport itself is not in the kill, but in the chase.
    • Even now, a great white was rising from the deep, circling for the kill… or something worse.
    • Some soldiers reportedly participated in a contest over who would make the first confirmed kill after the company was redeployed.
  • 2

    (animal, animals killed)
    presa feminine
    • Today, he appeared on the doorstep dragging a fresh kill.
    • Given a continuing rise in the kill over the past two weeks, parity with the weekly kill in 2004 will be reached by the middle of this month.
    • Like two men carrying a kill between them, they strode back inland.
    • The indications are that there is still a strong supply of these older cattle in the system and that the kill is likely to hold up for some weeks yet.
    • Then the kill is cut up and divided among members of the boat clan, as well as the sail-makers and boatbuilders.
    • The bullock kill was 14,028 head compared to 16,767 head the same week last year.
    • On the main road, I speak with two rangers who have stopped to observe a wolf kill left next to the river.
    • Combined this will reduce the kill by up to 100,000, all of which will occur in the first six months of the year.
    • Two men of mine have left to bring forth a fresh kill to the clan.
    • One of the less lovely animals in the world are the hyenas, thought of almost universally as a cowardly animal living off the kills of other predators, such as lions.
    • Far from being the craven cowards they have often been depicted as, they are capable, at times, of driving lions from their kill.
    • Thus they had to acquire their meat largely by scavenging the kills of other animals.
    • On top of this, the bull kill is up 25,000 head leaving male cattle very scarce between now and Christmas.
    • Just before we found him we'd come across a fresh kill, a young springbok captured during the night.
    • But as the scent from the fresh kill drifted towards them, the predators gave way to its intoxicating nature.
    • The throughput at the processors for January and February peaked in 1999 with a kill of 348,000 head.
    • This was how he had learned to be able to keep a kill for himself.
    • The overall kill at the factories for the week was slightly down which could have had an effect on holding prices, but clearly that did not happen.
    • Pups are dependent on regurgitation until they can follow the hunting party and feed directly at the kill.
    • Sure enough, just after dusk, there was a fearful scuffle outside, accompanied by a great squeaking and in popped Dolly with a fresh kill.