spanish-verb-criar-bring up

Spanish Verb CRIAR: to bring up

The Spanish verb criar means 'to bring up ' and is an irregular Spanish AR verb.

To remember this, imagine CREE Indians bring up their children to be CREEative!

Criar makes conjugation changes in the Present, Present Subjunctive and Imperative tenses by adding an accent to the i.
During a part of November a new irregular IAR verb is featured each day to enable you to consolidate this AR verb family. You will learn other verbs with similar patterns such as aliar, aviar, confiar, guiar, and others.
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Read on, below the CRIAR verb table...
           to bring up: criar
Imagine CREE Indians bring up
their children to be CREEative!
Simple Tenses criar
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

bring up
crío crías cría criamos criáis* crían

brought up
criaba criabas criaba criábamos criabais criaban

brought up
crié* criaste crió* criamos criasteis criaron

will bring up
criaré criarás criará criaremos criaréis criarán

would bring up
criaría criarías criaría criaríamos criaríais criarían

may bring up
críe críes críe criemos criéis* críen
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may bring up
criara criaras criara cruáramos criarais criaran
criase criases criase criásemos criaseis criasen
Imperative Tenses criar

bring up!
¡cría! ¡críe! ¡criemos! ¡criad! ¡críen!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't bring up!
¡no críes! ¡no críe! ¡no criemos! ¡no criéis!* ¡no críen!
Compound Tenses criar - Past Participle criado - brought up
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have brought up
he criado has criado ha criado hemos criado habéis criado han criado
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had brought up
hube criado hubiste criado hubo criado hubimos criado hubisteis criado hubieron criado
Past Perfect

had brought up
había criado habías criado había criado habíamos criado habíais criado habían criado
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have brought up
haya criado hayas criado haya criado hayamos criado hayáis criado hayan criado
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have brought up
habré criado habrás criado habrá criado habremos criado habréis criado habrán criado
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have brought up
habría criado habrías criado habría criado habríamos criado habríais criado habrían criado

may have brought up
hubiera criado hubieras criado hubiera criado hubiéramos criado hubierais criado hubieran criado
hubiese criado hubieses criado hubiese criado hubiésemos criado hubieseis criado hubiesen criado
Progressive Tenses: Present Participle criando - bringing up
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am bringing up
estoy criando estás criando está criando estamos criando está criando están criando
Preterit Progressive

was bringing up
estuve criando estuviste criando estuvo criando estuvimos criando estuvisteis criando estuvieron criando
Imperfect Progressive

had been bringing up
estaba criando estabas criando estaba criando estábamos criando estabais criando estaban criando
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be bringing up
estaré criando estarás criando estará criando estaremos criando estaréis criando estarán criando
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would've been bringing up
estaría criando estarías criando estabría criando estaríamos criando estaríais criando estarían criando
Subjunctive Progressive

may've been bringing up
que ~ criando que ~ criando que ~ criando que ~ criando que ~ criando que ~ criando
* Accents no longer required but still in use.
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Spanish for bring up is criar criar can also mean: to raise, to rear (children);to breed; to breast-feed, to suckle.
criarse (vr): to grow up.

Spanish for bring up is criar criado/a (adj): grown, brought up
mal criado/a: spoilt, badly brought up.
bien criada: well brought up, well-bred.

Spanish for bring up is criar el criado / la criada (nm/f): servant, maid.
Nos criamos en la calle: We grew up on the streets.

you informal vos replaces - you, informal, singular -
- in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and also in some countries of Central America.
Sometimes it also replaces the formal singular 'Usted'.
In irregular AR verbs, the conjugations remain the same as for except for the addition of accents in the following tenses:
Presente:  vos crías
Presente de Subjuntivo:  vos críes*


  • The Spanish verb for bring up criar is an Irregular AR verb.
  • Learn to conjugate criar and it will reinforce this irregular pattern.
  • Do a series of verbs every day for a month and you will have a solid knowledge of the verbs' conjugation patterns. Keep doing them with a new one every day from the Spanish Verbs List.
  • The same applies to the various patterns. Each month we feature a daily verb from one of the major pattern groups.
  • Repeating these tables aloud 10 times throughout the day will better embed the patterns into your subconscious, and your long term memory.
  • Reciting aloud is a great way for you to practice your pronunciation, and helps you to memorize the conjugations.

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