afanar

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afanar(
ah
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fah
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nahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to steal)
Regionalism used in Bolivia
(Bolivia)
(River Plate)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to swipe
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Me quedé dormido en el colectivo, y alguien me afanó la billetera.I fell asleep on the bus, and somebody swiped my wallet.
¡Ese hombre me afanó el celular!That man swiped my cellphone!
b. to pinch
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
El ladrón empezó afanando cosas de poco valor, y ahora roba coches.The thief started out pinching things of little value, and now he's stealing cars.
2. (to hustle)
a. to rush
Si no afanas a tu hermana, llegaremos tarde.If you don't rush your sister, we'll be late.
afanarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (to labor)
a. to toil
Mis padres se afanaron toda su vida para que yo pudiera ir a la universidad.My parents toiled their whole lives so that I could go to university.
b. to do everything one can
Te estás afanando para conseguir un puesto para el que no estás calificado.You're doing everything you can to get a position you are not qualified for.
c. to make an effort
Me afané para conseguir las mejores notas y lo logré.I made an effort to get the best grades and I managed it.
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afanar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (colloquial)
a. to pinch, to swipe
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (esforzarse)
a. to do everything one can
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afanar
transitive verb
1 (birlar) to pinch (familiar); swipe (familiar)
2 (Centroamérica) [+dinero] to earn; make
3 (acosar) to press; harass; bother; (Latinoamérica) (empujar) to hustle
pronominal verb
afanarse
1 (trabajar) to toil; labour; labor; (EEUU)en at
afanarse por hacer algo to strive to do sth
2 (And) (enfadarse) to get angry
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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