Translation of kill in Spanish:


matar, v.

Pronunciation /kɪl//kɪl/

transitive verb

  • 1

    (cause death of)
    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 lo mataron 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!
    • Insecticides will kill the butterfly larvae as well as the aphids, so allow ladybugs time to eliminate them.
    • 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.
    • The dust contains compounds and organisms that are damaging and probably killing the living coral.
    • Some thirty people were killed in the clash between partisans of the two performers.
    • The point being that chimps tend to kill with impunity in the wild.
    • If the virus kills a bird quickly, the animal is less likely to spread the disease.
    • What does appal me is when overfed and bored domestic cats torture and kill birds for pleasure.
    • Fish farmers are licensed to kill predators that threaten their nets, pens and fish.
    • Tuna boats, for example, often kill sharks, turtles, and dolphins that get trapped in their nets.
    • Troy, however, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident this summer.
    • Licenses to kill marine mammals trying to eat farmed fish can be obtained from the department for $5.
    • He paid tribute to the two soldiers killed in the crash.
    • A teenage boy was killed in the crossfire, and two soldiers were wounded.
    • I have thoughts of killing myself but would not carry them out.
    • During last year's Bank Holiday period six people were killed on the roads.
    • Some 250,000 sea birds were killed and the local fishing industry was devastated.
    • 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.
    • When the daughter of an industrialist apparently kills herself, her sister is unconvinced.
  • 2

    • 2.1(destroy)

      (hopes/enthusiasm) acabar con
      her arrival killed the conversation stone dead con su llegada se cortó la conversación en seco
      • All sorts of artists and programmers are making changes to the game all the time, and any one change might kill performance.
      • One book that is covered here has been indirectly responsible for millions of people being killed off.
      • Failure may not kill the President's second-term, but it will weaken it and overshadow successes in other areas.
      • 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.
      • Eventually the tumours were killed off by high-tech laser surgery.
      • Unfortunately, the Tunnel was killed off when the military feared that it might be used as an invasion route.
      • Benn's proposals for democratising industry were killed off by the civil service and the Labour leadership.
      • The old Mini was effectively killed off in 1999 by safety and emissions regulations.
      • Nevertheless, it does mean we're in for a tedious few months as the singles sales chart is finally killed off.
      • All animals that could not be made to perform some sort of service to society were completely killed off.
      • 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 California measure was killed in committee, but the industry has had little time to celebrate.
      • Trafford Park itself went into a decline, which meant there was less demand for buses so certain services were killed off.
      • The suspended bill is then voted on by those registered to vote and if the majority vote against the bill, it is killed off.
      • Scotland's once great steel industry was virtually killed off with the closure of Ravenscraig in 1992.
      • Authorities' failure to kill the counterfeits is in part because the vendors have found a way around the system.
      • But the show was killed off despite the best efforts of Gallagher, an expert in PR spin before the term was invented.
      • Early plans for a bit of work were killed off when he lost his job.
      • Environmentalists who have studied the effects of river pollution are sceptical of claims that all wildlife is killed off.
      • The cornflowers which used to sprinkle farmers' fields with blue have been killed off as weeds by herbicides.
      • In World War I, most of the best, bravest, and brightest young men were killed off.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • The brave little boy went through six weeks of radiotherapy then another six months of chemotherapy before the cancer was finally killed off.
      • It was killed by a single vote in the Senate's Judiciary Proceedings Committee.
      • It was killed by five votes in a filibuster in the Senate, so we came very close just 35 years ago.
      • The Scottish parliament could proceed with the bill despite a recommendation by the committee to kill it.
      • Earlier schemes for their redevelopment were killed off by the property downturn of 1990-93.
      • In another attempt to keep the pace moving, the committee voted to kill radio and television timeouts in overtime.

    • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Do not refrigerate tomatoes, or you'll kill the taste.
      • A software patent, which serves to protect inventions of a non-technical nature, could kill the high innovation rate.

    • 2.4(deaden)

      (pain) calmar

    • 2.5(use up)

      I went for a walk to kill time fui a dar un paseo para matar el tiempo
      • I had an hour to kill tenía una hora sin nada que hacer

  • 3

    • 3.1(cause discomfort)

      matar informal
      my feet/shoes are killing me los pies/zapatos me están matando informal
      • He's been part of my soul, we grew up together, and it kills me to know how badly I have hurt him.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • My back is killing me tonight and my wonderful husband propped me up at the computer chair with some pillows.

    • 3.2(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!
      • Sir Walter Scott nearly killed himself writing enough to pay for his home.
      • Doing an OK job and getting 2% makes far better economic sense when compared to killing yourself and getting 3%.
      • What you realise is you don't win any medals by killing yourself.
      • I'm tired of chasing technology, literally killing myself every two years to come out with a new product.
      • 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.

    • 3.3(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)
    (engine/lights) apagar
    • As the boat reaches the GPS coordinates for Table Top, a rise in the ocean floor southwest of Tatoosh Island, Anderson kills the motor.
    • 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.
    • 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
      • 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.
      • 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.

  • 7

    • So I saved the space by killing all the widow lines; I could cut a word and save a line.
    • 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.
    • Why I should have the right to kill a malicious process on your machine
    • If activated it will kill DLL files related to the updating components of various anti-virus programs.
    • Running top and killing the process via top didn't work either.
    • It also defeats all known firewalls, killing the running process, replacing the firewall icon, and allowing a stealth FTP connection.
    • 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.
    • Users have to first kill the Msblast.exe process in Windows Task Manager before they can get anywhere.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    she was dressed to kill se había vestido para matar / para dejar a todos boquiabiertos informal


  • 1

    the lion closed in for the kill el león se aprestó a caer sobre su presa
    • he went in for the kill entró a matar
    • to be in at the kill estar presente en el momento culminante
  • 2

    (animal, animals killed)
    presa feminine