Translation of "fire" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /faɪər/ us /fɑɪər/

A2 heat, light, and flames that are made when something burns

fuego, incendio
Three people were killed in the fire.

B1 a pile of wood or coal that is burning to produce heat

He sat close to the fire to keep warm.
catch fire

B1 to start burning

Dry grass can catch fire easily.
be on fire

B1 to be burning

estar ardiendo
That house is on fire.
set fire to something

to make something start burning

prender fuego a algo
Enemy troops set fire to the village.
open fire (on someone)

to start shooting with guns, usually at a group of people

abrir fuego (contra alguien)
Suddenly, the soldiers opened fire on the enemy.
play with fire

to act in a way that is very dangerous or risky

jugar con fuego
verb uk /faɪər/ us /fɑɪər/ present participle firing, past tense and past participle fired

to shoot a bullet from a gun

She fired three shots at the target.

to tell someone that they must leave their job

She was fired for stealing from the company.

(Translation of “fire” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /ˈfaiə/

anything that is burning, whether accidentally or not

a warm fire in the kitchen
Several houses were destroyed in a fire.

an apparatus for heating

a gas fire
an electric fire.

the heat and light produced by burning

Fire is one of man’s greatest discoveries.


ardor, pasión
The knights rode into battle with fire in their hearts.

attack by gunfire

The soldiers were under fire.
fire alarm noun

an apparatus (eg a bell) to give warning of a fire

alarma de incendios
Everyone had to leave the building when the fire alarm rang.
firearm noun

any type of gun

arma de fuego
In most countries you need a licence/license to keep firearms.
fire brigade noun

a company of firemen

cuerpo de bomberos
Call the fire brigade!
firecracker noun

a kind of firework which makes a loud noise.

fire engine noun

a vehicle carrying firemen and their equipment.

camión de bomberos
fire escape noun

a means of escape from a building in case of fire, usually in the form of a metal staircase on the outside of the building

escalera/salida de incendios
Hotels should have fire escapes.
fire extinguisher noun

an apparatus (usually containing chemicals) for putting out fires

There must be fire-extinguishers in every room.
firefighter noun

someone whose job is to make fires stop burning and to rescue people from other situations where they are in danger.

fireguard noun

a metal framework placed in front of a fireplace for safety.

alambrera, guardafuego
fireman noun (plural firemen)

a man whose job is to put out accidental fires or those caused deliberately as a criminal act.

fireplace noun

a space in a room (usually in a wall) with a chimney above, for a fire

a wide stone fireplace.
fireproof adjective

that is made so it cannot catch fire

a fireproof suit.
fire service noun

the organization that makes fires stop burning and rescues people who are in other dangerous situations.

servici de control de incendios
fireside noun

a place beside a fireplace

The old man slept by the fireside
(also adjective) a fireside chair.
fire-station noun

the building or buildings where fire-engines and other pieces of equipment used by firemen are kept.

parque de bomberos
fire truck noun

(American ) a special vehicle which firefighters use to drive to a fire and to carry their equipment; fire engine(British)

camión de bomberos
firewood noun

wood that is suitable for burning as fuel

I went into the garden to cut some firewood.
firework noun

a small exploding device giving off a colourful display of lights

fuegos artificiales
Rockets are my favourite fireworks
(also adjective) a firework display
If your sister finds out, there’ll be fireworks (= a display of anger)!
firing-squad noun

a group of soldiers with guns, to execute a prisoner

pelotón de ejecución
He must face the firing-squad.
catch fire

to begin to burn

Dry wood catches fire easily.
on fire


en llamas
The building is on fire!
open fire (usually with on)

to begin shooting at

abrir fuego
The enemy opened fire (on us).
play with fire

to do something dangerous or risky

jugar con fuego
Putting all your money into that business is playing with fire!
set fire to (something) / set (something) on fire

to cause (something) to begin burning usually accidentally or deliberately as a criminal act

prender fuego a
They set fire to the ambassador’s house
She accidentally set the house on fire.
under fire

being shot at

We have been under fire from the enemy all day.

being criticized or blamed

(duramente) criticado
The government is under fire over its new tax proposals.

(Translation of “fire” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)