vencer translation | Spanish-English dictionary

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vencer

  
a       vt  
1    (=derrotar)  
  [+enemigo, rival]  
to defeat, beat  
  [+enfermedad, dolor]  
to beat, overcome  
vencieron al equipo visitante por 3 a 2      they defeated o beat the visiting team 3-2  
nuestro sistema inmunológico es capaz de vencer al virus      our immune system is capable of beating o overcoming the virus  
a decir tonterías nadie le vence      when it comes to talking rubbish he's in a class of his own, no one beats him when it comes to talking rubbish  
vence a todos en elegancia      he outdoes them all in style, he beats them all for style  
2    (=controlar)  
  [+miedo, tentación]  
to overcome  
  [+pasión]  
to control  
consiguió vencer la tentación de fumar      he managed to overcome the temptation to smoke  
3    (=prevalecer)  
[miedo, sueño]  
to overcome  
por fin lo venció el sueño      sleep finally overcame him  
me venció el pánico cuando tuve que hablarle      panic got the better of me o I was overcome with panic when I had to speak to him  
4      (Dep)  
  [+obstáculo]  
to overcome  
  [+prueba]  
to complete  
  [+distancia]  
to do, complete  
  [+montaña]  
to conquer  
vencieron los 15km en dos horas      they did o completed the 15km in two hours  
no consiguió vencer todas las pruebas      he didn't manage to complete all the heats  
5    (=hacer ceder)  
  [+soporte, rama]  
to break  
el peso de los libros ha vencido el estante      the shelf gave way under the weight of the books, the weight of the books broke the shelf  
conseguimos vencer la puerta      we managed to break the door down  
b       vi  
1      (en batalla, partido, elecciones)    to win  
hemos vencido por dos a cero      we won two nil  
¡venceremos!      we shall win o overcome!  
dejarse vencer (por)      to give in(to)  
no te dejes vencer y sigue adelante      keep going and don't give in  
por fin se dejó vencer por la curiosidad      he finally gave in to his curiosity, he finally let (his) curiosity get the better of him  
no te dejes vencer por las dificultades      don't give up in the face of difficulties, don't let difficulties get the better of you  
2    liter  
[amor, pasión]  
to triumph, be triumphant
3      (Com)  
[documento, póliza, pasaporte]  
to expire  
[inversión]  
to mature  
su contrato vence a final de año      his contract runs out o expires at the end of the year  
el plazo para pagar el alquiler vence mañana      the deadline for paying the rent is tomorrow, the rent is due tomorrow  
el plazo para la entrega de solicitudes vence mañana      the closing date for applications is tomorrow  
la semana que viene me vence el primer plazo del ordenador      I have to pay my first instalment on the computer next week, my first instalment on the computer is due next week  
c    vencerse      vpr  
1    (=ceder)  
[muelle, estante, soporte]  
to give way  
la cama se venció con tanto peso      the bed gave way under the weight  
la mesa se vence hacia un lado      the table leans to one side  
la cabeza se le vencía hacia un lado      his head hung o leaned to one side  
2      (LAm)  
[pasaporte, permiso]  
to expire  
cómetelo antes de que se venza      eat it before the use-by date  
se venció el plazo      the time's up  
3      (Cono Sur, Méx)  
[elástico, resorte]  
to wear out  
[costura]  
to come apart
4    (=dominarse)  
[persona]  
to control o.s.
Translation Spanish - English Collins Dictionary  
vencer v.
1) conquer (vt), 2) expire (vi), 3) win (vi)
[BIZ]

Additional comments:

Collaborative Dictionary     Spanish-English
exp.
to overcome temptation
exp.
we managed to break the door down
exp.
to give in(to)
exp.
he didn't manage to complete all the heats
exp.
he managed to overcome the temptation to smoke
exp.
to win on points
exp.
keep going and don't give in
exp.
to defeat sb on his home {o} own ground
(MODISMOS)
exp.
don't let difficulties get the better of you
exp.
don't give up in the face of difficulties
exp.
he finally gave in to his curiosity
exp.
he finally let (his) curiosity get the better of him
exp.
the immune system works to overcome infections
exp.
they have little chance of winning
exp.
he's very hard {o} difficult to beat
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'vencer' also found in translations in English-Spanish dictionary
exp.
vencer
vt.
vencer
exp.
vencer
exp.
vencer
[Fin.]
vi.
vencer
[BIZ]
exp.
vencer fácilmente
exp.
vencer fácilmente a algn
(IDIOMS)
exp.
vencer a algn fácilmente
exp.
vencer por un amplio/estrecho margen
exp.
va a ser difícil vencer a su equipo

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