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"Grasp" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "agarrar", and "drag" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "arrastrar". Learn more about the difference between "grasp" and "drag" below.
grasp(
grahsp
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to seize)
a. agarrar
I grasped her by the elbow to stop her going over to him.La agarré del codo para impedir que se acercara a él.
b. asir
The climber grasped the rope with both hands and pulled.El andinista asió la cuerda con las dos manos y jaló.
2. (to take advantadge of)
a. aprovechar
The secretary grasped the opportunity of the interruption to leave the room.La secretaria aprovechó la oportunidad de la interrupción para salir de la habitación.
3. (to hold firmly)
a. sujetar
Her aunt was grasping the book as if it would fly away.Su tía sujetaba el libro como si fuera a escaparse volando.
4. (to understand)
a. captar
The new receptionist quickly grasped what was expected of her.La nueva recepcionista captó rápidamente qué se esperaba de ella.
b. comprender
The government was slow to grasp the significance of these events.El gobierno tardó en comprender la importancia de estos eventos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (hold)
a. el apretón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She felt a firm grasp on her arm.Sintió un firme apretón en el brazo.
6.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(reach)
a. el alcance
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If we can overcome our prejudices, a solution is within our grasp.Si podemos superar nuestros prejuicios, tenemos una solución a nuestro alcance.
7. (understanding)
a. la comprensión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Given his age, your young son's grasp of these complicated concepts is impressive.Dada su edad, la comprensión que tiene su hijito de estos conceptos complejos es digna de admiración.
b. el entendimiento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Incredibly enough, my mother has a stronger grasp of computers than I do.Increíblemente, mi madre tiene mejor entendimiento de las computadoras que yo.
8.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(power)
a. las garras
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I wanted to get the child out of that woman's grasp.Quería librar al niño de las garras de esa mujer.
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drag(
drahg
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to pull)
a. arrastrar
I dragged the suitcase to the entrance and hailed a taxi.Arrastré la maleta hasta la entrada y le hice señas a un taxi.
2. (to force into)
a. meter
Don't drag my parents into the fight. You and I have to solve this on our own.No metas a mis padres en la pelea. Tú y yo debemos resolver esto solos.
3. (to trail on the ground)
a. arrastrar
Don't drag your overcoat on the dirty floor!¡No arrastres tu sobretodo por el piso sucio!
4. (computing)
a. arrastrar
When you have downloaded the file, drag and drop it into your applications folder.Cuando hayas descargado el archivo, arrástrala y déjala en tu carpeta de aplicaciones.
5. (to dredge)
a. dragar
Two boats are dragging the river looking for naval mines.Dos botes están dragando el río en busca de minas marinas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to go on slowly)
a. hacerse pesado
The week dragged, but it's finally Friday!La semana se hizo pesada, ¡pero por fin es viernes!
7. (to trail behind)
a. arrastrar
The dog's tail dragged on the ground as he approached me.La cola del perro arrastró en el suelo mientras me acercaba.
8. (to lag behind)
a. rezagarse
One of the back tires blew out on the final lap and the car started to drag.Se reventó una de las ruedas traseras en la vuelta final y el carro comenzó a rezagarse.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(boring thing)
a. la lata
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The movie was a drag. I walked out after an hour.La película era una lata. Me fui a la hora.
b. el rollo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The speech was a drag, so I took out my phone and started playing a game.El discurso era un rollo, así que saqué el teléfono y me puse a jugar a un juego.
c. el coñazo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
We can't leave the classroom until everybody has finished the exam. What a drag!No podemos salir del aula hasta que todos hayan terminado el examen. ¡Qué coñazo!
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(tiresome person)
a. el plomo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Your little cousin is a drag. Next time it will be just the two of us.Tu primito es un plomo. La próxima vez saldremos nosotros dos solos.
b. el pelma
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la pelma
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She walked slowly and complained during the whole walk. What a drag!Caminaba lento y se quejó toda la caminata. ¡Qué pelma!
11.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(puff)
a. la chupada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Do you have a cigarette? - This is the last one, but you can take a drag.¿Tienes un cigarrillo? - Este es el último que me queda, pero puedes darle una chupada.
b. la pitada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Can I have a drag of your smoke?¿Le puedo dar una pitada a tu cigarro?
c. la calada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The gunslinger took a long drag of his pipe while he stared out into the desert.El pistolero dio una larga calada a su pipa mientras miraba fijamente al desierto.
12. (aerodynamics)
a. la resistencia aerodinámica
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The shape of the fuselage on the new airliners minimizes the drag.La forma que tiene este fuselaje de los nuevos aviones de pasajeros minimiza la resistencia aerodinámica.
13. (clothing)
a. trasvestido
My friend took me to a party where all the men showed up in drag.MI amiga me llevó a una fiesta donde todos los hombres vinieron trasvestidos.
b. vestido de mujer
The women in the burlesque show were actually men in drag.Las mujeres en el espectáculo de burlesque en realidad eran hombres vestidos de mujer.
14. (street)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la calle
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The parade was held on the town's main drag.El desfile se realizó en la calle principal del pueblo.
15. (dragnet)
a. la red barredera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The fishermen spread out the drag but didn't catch any fish.Los pescadores tiraron la red barredera, pero no pescaron nada.
16. (influence)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el enchufe
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
He got the gig thanks to his drag.Consiguió el puesto gracias a su enchufe.
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