Translation of "dead" - English-Spanish dictionary


adjective uk /ded/ us /ded/

A2 not now alive

She’s been dead for 20 years now.
There were two firefighters among the dead.

If a piece of equipment is dead, it is not working.

descargado, gastado
a dead battery
The phone suddenly went dead.

informal If a place is dead, it is too quiet and nothing interesting is happening there.

wouldn’t be caught/seen dead

If someone wouldn’t be caught dead in a place or doing something, they would never go there or do it, usually because it would be too embarrassing.

no haría eso ni muerto
I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a bikini.
drop dead

to die very suddenly

caer muerto
as dead as a doornail

clearly and obviously dead

muerto y bien muerto
over my dead body!

If you say something will happen over your dead body, you mean that you will do everything you can to prevent it.

¡por encima de mi cadáver!
‘Joe says he’s going to buy a motorbike.’ ‘Over my dead body!’

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


adjective /ded/

without life; not living

a dead body
Throw out those dead flowers.

not working and not giving any sign of being about to work

desconectado, cortado
The phone/engine is dead.

absolute or complete

total, completo
There was dead silence at his words
He came to a dead stop.
deaden verb

to lessen, weaken or make less sharp, strong etc

The nurse gave him an injection to deaden the pain.
deadly adjective (comparative deadlier, superlative deadliest)

causing death

a deadly poison.

very great

He is in deadly earnest (= He is completely serious).

very dull or uninteresting

What a deadly job this is.
dead end noun

a road closed off at one end.

callejón sin salida
dead-end adjective

leading nowhere

sin salida
a dead-end job.
dead heat noun

a race, or a situation happening in a race, in which two or more competitors cross the finishing line together

The race ended in a dead heat.
dead language noun

a language no longer spoken, eg Latin.

lengua muerta
deadline noun

a time by which something must be done or finished

fecha límite
Monday is the deadline for handing in this essay.
deadlock noun

a situation in which no further progress towards an agreement is possible

punto muerto, impasse
Talks between the two sides ended in deadlock.
to set a deadline (not dateline) for finishing a job.

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