abrazar

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abrazar(
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brah
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sahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to hold)
a. to hug
Tengo ganas de abrazarte.I feel like hugging you.
b. to embrace
Abrazó a los refugiados, algunos de los cuales habían llegado ese mismo día.He embraced the refugees, some of whom had arrived that very day.
c. to hold
La abrazó con fuerza.He held her tight.
2. (to take up)
a. to embrace
Tras su conversión, abrazó la castidad.After her conversion, she embraced chastity.
b. to espouse
Abrazó hace largo tiempo la causa de las mujeres oprimidas.She has long espoused the cause of oppressed women.
abrazarse
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
reciprocal verb
3. (to hold each other)
a. to hug each other
Se abrazaron con pasión.They hugged each other passionately.
b. to embrace each other
Tras haber firmado el contracto, se abrazaron.After signing the contract, they embraced each other.
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abrazar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (rodear con los brazos)
a. to hug, to embrace
2. (fig)
a. to embrace
3. (fig)
a. to go into
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (general)
a. to hug, to embrace
abrazarse a alguiento hug somebody, to cling to somebody
se abrazaron con pasiónthey embraced passionately
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abrazar
transitive verb
1 [+persona] to embrace; hug; hold
2 (adoptar) [+fe] to adopt; embrace; [+doctrina] to espouse; [+oportunidad] to seize; [+profesión] to adopt; enter; take up
3 [+empresa] to take charge of
4 (abarcar) to include; take in
pronominal verb
abrazarse to embrace (each other); hug (each other)
abrazarse a [+persona] to embrace; hug; [+niño] to cling to; clutch
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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