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"Entumecer" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to numb", and "adormecer" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to make sleepy". Learn more about the difference between "entumecer" and "adormecer" below.
entumecer(
ehn
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too
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meh
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sehr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to cause numbness)
a. to numb
El hombre que cayó al agua fue rescatado antes de que el helado mar le entumeciera las extremidades.The man overboard was rescued before the cold sea numbed his limbs.
entumecerse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to suffer numbness)
a. to go numb
Me quité el guante, y casi se me entumeció la mano del frió que hacía.I removed my glove, and my hand almost went numb from the cold.
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adormecer(
ah
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dohr
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meh
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sehr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make drowsy)
a. to make sleepy
La película era tan aburrida que me adormeció.The movie was so boring it made me sleepy.
b. to lull to sleep
Cuando era pequeña, mi mamá me adormecía en una mecedora.When I was little, my mom used to lull me to sleep in a rocking chair.
c. to send to sleep
La medicina para la gripa que el doctor le recetó a Lily la adormece.The medicine the doctor prescribed Lily for her cold sends her to sleep.
2. (to lull)
a. to calm
Nada de lo que le decían lograba adormecer la angustia que sentía Edith.Nothing anyone said could calm the anguish Edith was feeling.
3. (to deaden)
a. to numb
El viento helado adormeció la cara de Leonardo.The freezing wind numbed Leonardo's face.
adormecerse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to become sleepy)
a. to fall asleep
Traté de quedarme estudiando hasta tarde pero me adormecí después de un rato.I tried to stay up studying late, but I fell asleep after a while.
b. to go to sleep
No creo que hoy tenga problema en adormecerme.I don't think I'll have any trouble going to sleep today.
c. to doze off
El profesor pensó que yo estaba enfermo porque me adormecí en clase.The teacher thought I was sick because I dozed off in class.
d. to nod off
Necesitas dormir más para que no te adormezcas en clase todas las mañanas.You need to get some more sleep so you don't nod off in class every morning.
5. (to become desensitized)
a. to go numb
Francis fué al médico para ver por qué se le hinchan y adormecen las manos.Francis went to the doctor to check why his hands swell up and go numb.
b. to go to sleep
Se me adormeció la pierna y casi me caigo al levantarme del sofá.My leg went to sleep and I almost fell when I got up off the sofa.
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