aferrar

aferrar(
ah
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feh
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rrahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to take hold of)
a. to grasp
Babe Ruth aferró el bate y le pegó la pelota.Babe Ruth grasped the bat and then hit the ball.
b. to grab
Hay que aferrar el toro con las dos manos para que no se te escape.You have to grab the bull with both hands so it doesn't get away.
c. to seize
Gracias a una señora que me aferró el brazo, no me atropelló el coche.Thanks to a woman who seized my arm, I wasn't run over.
2. (nautical)
a. to anchor
Los marineros aferraron el barco al fondo del mar.The sailors anchored the boat to the seabed.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (nautical)
a. to hit bottom
Cuando el ancla aferró, los marineros se bajaron saltando de la nave.When the anchor hit bottom, the sailors jumped off the ship.
aferrarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to grasp tenaciously; used with "a")
a. to cling to
El koala bebé se aferró a su mamá mientras trepaba el árbol.The baby koala clung to his mother while she climbed the tree.
b. to hang onto
El padre se aferró a su hijo para que no se fuera por la borda en la tormenta.The father hung onto his son to keep him from going overboard in the storm.
c. to hold onto
La anciana se aferró con fuerza a la barandilla para no caerse.The old woman held tight onto the handrail so as not to fall.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g., carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to grasp tenaciously; used with "a")
a. to cling to
No te aferres a ese sueño si ya no te hace feliz.Don't cling to that dream if it no longer makes you happy.
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aferrar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to grab (hold of)
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (también fig)
a.
aferrarse a algoto cling to something
aferrar
transitive verb
1 (asir) to grasp; seize
2 (Náutica) [+barco] to moor; [+vela] furl
pronominal verb
aferrarse
1 (agarrarse) to cling; hang on
2
aferrarse a o en (obstinarse en) to stick to; stand by; aferrarse a un principio to stick to a principle; aferrarse a una esperanza to cling to a hope; aferrarse a su opinión to remain firm in one's opinion
3 (Náutica) [+barco] to anchor; moor
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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