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Spanish translation of “stick”

stick

verb /stik/ (past tense, past participle stuck /stak/)
to push (something sharp or pointed) into or through something
She stuck a pin through the papers to hold them together Stop sticking your elbow into me!
(of something pointed) to be pushed into or through something
Two arrows were sticking in his back.
to fasten or be fastened (by glue, gum etc)
He licked the flap of the envelope and stuck it down These labels don’t stick very well He stuck (the broken pieces of) the vase together again His brothers used to call him Bonzo and the name has stuck.
to (cause to) become fixed and unable to move or progress
The car stuck in the mud The cupboard door has stuck I’ll help you with your arithmetic if you’re stuck.
sticker noun an adhesive label or sign bearing eg a design, political message etc, for sticking eg on a car’s window etc
The car sticker readBlood donors needed’.
sticky adjective able, or likely, to stick or adhere to other surfaces
He mended the torn book with sticky tape sticky sweets.
(of a situation or person) difficult; awkward.
stickily adverb
stickiness noun
stick-in-the-mud noun a person who never does anything new.
come to a sticky end to have an unpleasant fate or death
acabar mal
The baddie in the film comes to a sticky end when he is eaten by sharks.
stick at to persevere with (work etc) He must learn to stick at his job. stick by to support or be loyal to (a person)
mantenerse fiel, cumplir (con)
His friends stuck by him when he was in trouble.
stick it out to endure a situation for as long as necessary. stick out to (cause to) project; His front teeth stick out ; He stuck out his tongue. to be noticeable
destacarse
She has red hair that sticks out in a crowd.
stick one’s neck out to take a risk He stuck his neck out when he complained to the manager about the working conditions in the factory. stick to/with not to abandon
seguir con
We’ve decided to stick to our previous plan If you stick to me, I’ll stick to you.
stick together to (cause to) be fastened together We’ll stick the pieces together The rice is sticking together. (of friends etc) to remain loyal to each other
mantenerse juntos/unidos
They’ve stuck together all these years.
stick up for to speak in defence of (a person etc) When my father is angry with me, my mother always sticks up for me.
(Definition of stick from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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