Translation of face in Spanish:


cara, n.

Pronunciation /feɪs/

See Spanish definition of cara


  • 1

    • 1.1(of person, animal)

      cara feminine
      rostro masculine
      his face was badly scarred tenía la cara llena de cicatrices
      • she has a thin/oval face tiene la / una cara delgada/ovalada
      • face down(ward)/up(ward) boca abajo/arriba
      • there were a few red faces about it más de uno se puso colorado por eso
      • to slap sb in the face darle una bofetada a algn
      • My voice broke and the tears fell down my face as I wrapped my arms around his solid torso.
      • It would be interesting to know is whether people with symmetrical faces have longer life expectancies.
      • In his dream he looked upon the moon and saw the face of the goddess looking down upon her people.
      • We both stood there for a while, our faces illuminated by the moon's pale light, silent.
      • I brushed her long dark hair from her face and caressed her cheek in an effort to calm her.
      • Standing in his way was a tall man with long dark hair, his face hidden in the shadows of the hood of his black robes.
      • Paint peeled off the walls of nearby buildings and the faces of wax dummies in the dress shop across the road melted in the intense heat
      • I watched their faces and wished, desperately and irrationally, that these boys would understand.
      • A man and a woman laugh, watching each other's faces over a candlelit dinner.
      • A large body of research has found that we perceive faces that are closer to the average as more beautiful than distinctive faces.
      • His eyes were a solid dark blue, and his face showed the beginning signs of middle age.
      • They were walking determinedly, but in the darkness, she could not distinguish their faces.
      • The woman's fair face was ashen; beads of sweat formed at her temples.
      • She felt immediate relief as she found herself looking at a familiar long, freckled face with sandy bangs.
      • She had curly cherry red hair that framed her porcelain doll face.
      • Emily buried her face into her pillow and started to drift off to sleep.
      • The old man's wrinkled face creased into a warm smile.
      • Their weathered faces, full of character, look down upon Lee as he fixes a bridle.
      • The face is characteristically square or broad with a short neck, often giving a squat appearance.
      • Probably weighing around 20 stone, a bald man with a moon face stood there, looking sad and bemused.

    • 1.2(person)

      a new face una cara nueva
      • always the same (old) faces! ¡siempre las mismas caras (conocidas)!
      • a familiar face una cara conocida
      • I'd know that face anywhere! esa cara la reconocería en cualquier sitio
      • I know that face from somewhere me parece cara conocida
      • I never forget a face no se me borra una cara

    • 1.3(expression)

      cara feminine
      you should have seen her face tendrías que haber visto la cara que puso
      • a face as long as a fiddle cara larga
      • he had a face as long as a fiddle andaba con cara larga
      • to have a face like a funeral tener cara de entierro / de velorio
      • I watched some pretty serious faces as shooters battled it out for 15th or 20th place in a category.
      • I looked around the room, watching the girls' faces change from looks of accusation to pity and understanding.
      • I joked, watching as their faces twist with frustration, annoyed that I was avoiding the subject.
      • She looked at everyone and saw concerned faces watching her intently.
      • The last thing I saw through the closing crack was dozens of pale, terrified faces watching us in confusion.
      • Does he regularly practice his poker face in front of the mirror?
      • Then, in a second, the old woman's face had softened back into its regular form.
      • The woman's face darkened and she stopped.
      • Blaze is leaning back in her chair without blinking, with tears running down her blank, expressionless face.
      • Her smile faded slowly as she saw her father's face turn serious.
      • Turning her straight face into a frown, she turned herself away from him.
      • She quickly regained her posture and followed him down the hall getting confused faces along the way as if asking her, what did you do?
      • On Sunday, I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario and met a familiar but nervous face.
      • She had a pouty face, the kind you knew was going to be a very attractive face when she got older.
      • He has a face so unusually characterful that it almost defies caricature.
      • And if you're thinking the way the character thinks, your face and body will change.
      • We dug in a pile of loose rubble adjacent to the pit, finding a few crystals of smoky quartz, as Agenor and Lauro looked on with unhappy faces.
      • James, one of the now gloomy faces at the dining room table, had brought me a sketch of St. Vincent de Paul.
      • The big group fell silent and watched with eerily solemn faces as the two girls approached.
      • He read the letter, then with a face of anger, crumpled it up and threw it on the ground.

  • 2

    • 2.1(appearance, nature)

      fisonomía feminine
      the changing face of America/society la cambiante fisonomía de América/la sociedad
      • Here was a problem that amounted to rather more than an unsightly flaw on the face of the splendid facade of classical physics.
      • These mountain are most assuredly another of the distinctive four faces of Algeria.
      • Although alcoholism remains the number one dependency problem among judges and lawyers, the face of addiction continues to change.
      • Critical thinking requires you to put a face to the problem and to identify all the faces of the problem involved.

    • 2.2(aspect)

      aspecto masculine
      the many faces of industry las muchas caras de la industria

    • 2.3(dignity)

      to lose face desprestigiarse
      • to save face guardar las apariencias
      • loss of face desprestigio

    • 2.4 dated (insolence)

      to have the face to + inf tener la desfachatez de + inf

  • 3

    (in geometry)
    cara feminine
    • To solve the problem, Vinson opted to use polyhedra that have more vertices than faces.
    • The faces of the polyhedron appear to consist of two equilateral triangles and six somewhat irregular pentagons.
    • This time, it had the shape of a trapezoid on four faces, making it look like a thimble with four right angles.
    • A triangular pyramid, or tetrahedron, has a triangular base and four faces, counting the bottom.
    • Faces in graph theory are a lot like the six faces of a cube.
  • 4

    • 4.1(of coin, medal)

      cara feminine
      • But high returns and high risk are two faces of the same coin.
      • He drew a quick rendition of the two faces of the coin the Lujar had shown him.
      • The poet's eye can see the two faces of the coin simultaneously.
      • Dancing and choreography for me are two faces of the same coin.
      • Shatner beamed with joy when told he had been selected to be on the face of the coin.

    • 4.2(of clock, watch)

      esfera feminine
      carátula feminine Mexico
      • And I love how one of the clock faces of the Fendi Secret Dual Time watch is always very subtly covered.
      • Watch faces, found at flea markets and removed from their bands, are arranged precisely on a tray.
      • Here, traditional analogue clocks with crisp modern faces sit within achingly fashionable hoods.
      • The turret wall, a fort-like structure enclosing a 25-foot tower leads up to an analog clock with two faces.
      • We built a clock tower in Bowen with four clock faces in the center of the town as a memorial of the Bowen Variety Show.
      • On top of each table were a wooden chess set, and a little clock with two faces next to each one.
      • A typical map divides the eye into sections, using the image of a clock face as a base.
      • When Mrs C draws a clock face, or copies a picture of a flower, she omits much or all of the left side.
      • I couldn't see the clock in the bathroom because of the condensation on the clock face.
      • Moiré and mother of pearl pastel watch faces in colours like pink and aqua and agate will also capture an iridescent feel.
      • They are also very well known for their simple, clean watch faces and designs.
      • Maybe an African watch should do away with confusing numerals and simply have just a sun and a moon on its face.

    • 4.3(of building)

      fachada feminine
      • The glazed faces of the building terminate campus circulation routes.
      • The four distinct faces of the building force a process of scanning and mental reassembly at the scale of the whole wall.
      • The windows on these faces look into narrow protected alleys or the small courtyard between the houses.
      • The top floor will be set back from the main face of the building.
      • On the faces of the building, it is difficult to tell where the floors are.
      • The cobblestones press back against my feet, the lit faces of the buildings rise around me into a clear, black sky.
      • Fireworks screamed up into the sky, exploding all around us and strobing the face of every building.
      • The red line down the face of the building marks the precise longitude at which time begins.
      • In older units, the dividing line was very often the exterior face of a wall.
      • The three outer faces are very similar with a tall arch over the steps.
      • The general orientation of the buildings is east-west, with most window openings in the north and south faces.
      • In this building, there was but one vertical movement joint on the south face.

  • 5

    • 5.1(of mountainside, cliff)

      pared feminine
      • These have produced scarps with vertical cliff faces up to 800 meters high.
      • Springs can occur in uplands if zones of perched water extend laterally to cliff faces or other steep slopes.
      • Such people were the first to leave the cave and see what was on the other side of the cliff face.
      • A thin trickle of water drips down the dank side of a cliff face to splash into the stream below.
      • For example, plains give way to rising mountain passes with steep cliff faces, and islands peek mysteriously out of lakes and seas.
      • This is why we have to be very careful close to either the flat ground or a cliff or mountain face.
      • The researchers counted snail shells in soil samples from nooks of climbed and unclimbed faces of the limestone cliffs.
      • The steep north faces of the escarpments escaped cultivation and the worst effects of logging.
      • But he felt a renewed sense of betrayal when Bonington climbed the north face of the Eiger without him.
      • The lift is strong and we are either climbing up the south faces of the ridges, or flying down the tops of the mountains moving much faster than yesterday.
      • The mountains are massive red sandstone lumps, their vertical faces rising to table-tops or dropping sheer into canyons.
      • They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up.
      • Here the road has been hewn out of solid rock, so the cliff face overhangs the narrow roadway.
      • It didn't take him much longer to reach a point where he could climb down the cliff face.
      • Ocean waves pummel the rocky cliff faces, eventually turning some of the rocks into sand.
      • Twenty years ago its soaring cliff faces and base was free of human habitation, and the tower stood tall.
      • Diving through one of the many submarine tunnels and along the cliff faces is truly exhilarating.
      • This source of ore is quite iron poor, unlike the ores that were later to be quarried out from cliff faces.
      • Contrary to popular belief, the bird's nests are not found in the faces of cliffs but in caves.
      • Matt grabs the rock face with his bare hands and starts climbing grimly.

  • 6

    the face of the moon la cara de la luna

transitive verb

  • 1

    (be opposite)
    she turned to face him/the wall se volvió hacia él/la pared
    • he was sitting facing the wall estaba sentado en frente de la pared
    • the children lined up facing each other los niños formaron dos filas frente a frente
    • the illustration facing page nine la ilustración que está frente a la página nueve
    • this wall faces the square esta pared da a la plaza
    • the hotel faces the sea el hotel está frente al mar
    • But if the same side of the Moon always faces Earth, there should be no lunar tides.
    • On the bungalow the porch faces the ocean.
    • Frankie sat facing the door that opened onto the back porch.
  • 2

    (opponent/rival/superior) enfrentarse a
    the two teams will face each other in June los dos equipos se enfrentarán en junio
    • I don't know how I'll face him when he finds out no sé cómo le podré dar la cara cuando se entere
    • to be faced with sth estar / verse frente a / ante algo
    • we are faced with a serious problem estamos / nos vemos frente a / ante un grave problema
    • I am delighted that Scotland on Sunday is forcing society to face up to the crisis in our schools.
    • We must not be afraid to face up to and express the cause and nature of those fears.
    • It has been an ordeal, but sometimes, we just have to face up to things, ya know?
    • The main focus at present in the back to school theme that all school goers must face up to.
    • If we're not prepared to face up soberly to the truth, how the can we expect them to do so?
    • So, we've had to face up to some very tough decisions which have had to be made.
    • But he has got to face up to the need to do it, the need to carry it through, and the need to be seen and heard to do it.
    • This is quite simply something we are going to have to face up to doing as we are amongst the lowest in the league.
    • Of course not - the answers would be too difficult for a lot of people to face up to.
    • Yet even now there is a wilful refusal on the part of the coalition's critics to face up to reality.
    • There is this long term demographic problem that any Government is going to have to face up to.
    • Board directors are supposed to face up to their difficulties rather than walk away.
    • It wasn't something I wanted to do but we weren't right for each other and one of us had to face up to it.
    • We would also like to see the real culprits forced to face up to their irresponsibility.
    • He should be forced to face up to his platitudes and obfuscations over the past four years.
    • If I have to face up to the fact my feet cannot take it, at least I've given it my best shot.
    • One of the biggest challenges is to face up to the problem and do something about it.
    • Thus, the majority of graduates face up to the real world already heavily indebted.
  • 3

    • 3.1(be presented with)

      enfrentarse a
      hacer frente a
      I face that problem every day todos los días me encuentro con / me enfrento a un problema así
      • we face heavy increases next year el año que viene tendremos que hacer frente a fuertes gastos
      • Hence, humanity is faced with a different warfare that of spiritual and moral warfare.
      • That's the bottom line city councillors were faced with this week as they continued along the 2004 budget path.
      • In the past, novice readers who hoped to understand a classic text were faced with having to negotiate layers of annotation.
      • Solicitors are faced with clients who have been refused cover for future treatment unless the undertaking is signed.
      • Starting with the ribs, diners are faced with a choice of 13 different types that vary by cut and flavor.
      • The last few divers onto this wreck were faced with a spoked wheel of distance lines radiating out in all directions.
      • When writers and producers are faced with handling a real life death, their often mirror reality by writing the death into the fictional plot line.
      • I suppose that the lesson here may be that the next time that camp is faced with replacing existing systems, why not consider newer technology?
      • I suppose every generation is faced with a choice.
      • Unfortunately, existing shareholders are faced with a ‘take it or leave it’ option, but that's another issue.
      • When it comes to implementing and regulating the Protocol, however, developing nations are faced with all kinds of handicaps - for a variety of reasons.
      • When test subjects were faced with this noxious combination, the digestive system refused to break down the food and flushed it out as quickly as possible.
      • Thus, council is faced with the task of ‘balancing the needs of those living here today and in the future,’ said Currie.
      • As you know, it is not a problem simply for poor children in this country, wealthier communities are faced with many of the same issues.
      • Students enrolling for such programmes are faced with paying the entire cost themselves or applying for the sponsorship of a private company.
      • Even if they win an international award, they are faced with strict investigation and the possibility of punishment from the government.
      • The States have sought the approval even as the Centre's buy-back programme is faced with resistance from the public sector banks.
      • They are faced with a myriad flood of information that they have to process and integrate into their world view very rapidly and quite literally on the fly.
      • He said the group is faced with three main issues.
      • It would not be realistic for local authorities to expect Government through annual grants, to meet all the obligations they are faced with.

    • 3.2(contemplate willingly)

      I can't face going through all that again no podría volver a pasar por todo eso
      • I don't think I could face another bowl of rice creo que si me dan otro plato de arroz me muero
      • he couldn't face a future without her no se sentía capaz de enfrentar el futuro sin ella

    • 3.3(lie ahead of)

      several problems face us se nos presentan / se nos plantean varios problemas
      • defeat faces us unless we act at once si no actuamos inmediatamente nos espera la derrota

  • 4

    • 4.1Building

      (wall/surface) recubrir
      the front of the house is faced in/with stone el frente de la casa está recubierto de piedra
      • Dining room and kitchen cabinets and drawers are faced with predominantly gray and blue laminate.
      • The pedestal or ground floor of the main building is faced with granite from Little Cottonwood Canyon.
      • If you turn off Tottenham Court Road onto Chenies Street you will see in front of you a building faced with a stone which reflects like a mirror on a sunny day.

    • 4.2Clothing

      (sleeve/collar) (por fuera) forrar
      the cuffs were faced with velvet los puños eran de terciopelo

intransitive verb

  • 1

    the house faces north(ward)/east(ward) la casa está orientada / da al norte/este
    • the balcony faces out over the square el balcón da / mira a la plaza
    • she walked facing into the wind caminaba contra el viento
    • I was facing the other way miraba para el otro lado
    • about face! ¡media vuelta!
    • right face/left face! ¡a la derecha/izquierda!
    • This building faces onto Blaxland road and Lane Cove road.
    • Although most rock shelters open on three sides, the Eagle Rock site faces north and is open on only one side.
    • A breakfast room, which has recently been added onto the kitchen, faces onto the courtyard through a French door.
    • The building faces out over a great bend in the River Tay, which, with a good number of large windows, gives the residence a light and airy feel.
    • The kitchen faces out onto the dining room and into the living room, which is about 30 by 20 feet.
    • For the best view people are advised to choose a dark location, away from city lights, and face away from the Moon.
    • They turned me to face downwards and I had my head in a vice, but the surgeon was ever so nice and set me at ease straight away.
    • Make sure your 27 cards are faced down in one pile.