afianzarse

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afianzarse(
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fyahn
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sahr
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to hold on)
a. to steady oneself
Tropezó, pero se afianzó al pasamanos.He tripped, but steadied himself on the handrail.
2. (to become secure)
a. to become established
La fama de la cantante se afianzó cuando lanzó un segundo álbum tan bueno como el primero.The singer's reputation became established when she launched a second album as good as the first one.
b. to consolidate itself
El imperio romano se había afianzado como potencia mundial.The Roman empire had consolidated itself as a world power.
afianzar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (to make secure)
a. to consolidate
Con esta película el director afianzó su trayectoria profesional.With this movie the director consolidated his professional career.
4. (to buttress)
a. to reinforce (a building)
Tuvieron que afianzar el edificio ante el riesgo de derrumbe.The building had to be reinforced due to the risk of it collapsing.
b. to strengthen
El pueblo recibió fondos del gobierno para afianzar sus defensas contra las inundaciones.The town received money from the government to strengthen its flood defenses.
c. to secure
Los obreros afianzaron los andamios para garantizar la seguridad de los peatones.The workers secured the scaffolding to guarantee the safety of pedestrians.
5. (to vouch for)
a. to guarantee
Gracias a que mi familia me afianzó, el banco me concedió la hipoteca.Thanks to the fact that my family guaranteed me, the bank gave me a mortgage.
b. to stand surety for
Si Cristina no me hubiera afianzado no me habrían prestado tanto dinero.If Cristina hadn't stood surety for me they wouldn't have lent me so much money.
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afianzar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (construcción)
a. to reinforce
2. (situación, relación)
a. to consolidate
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (general)
a. to steady oneself
se afianzó en su opiniónhe became more convinced of his opinion
afianzarse en una posiciónto establish oneself in a position
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afianzar
transitive verb
1 (reforzar) to strengthen; secure; (sostener) to support; prop up; (apoyar) to support; back
2 (Com) (avalar) to guarantee; vouch for; (ser fiador) to stand surety for
pronominal verb
afianzarse (sostenerse) to steady o.s.; (establecerse) to become strong; become established
afianzarse a to catch hold of; la reacción se afianzó después de la guerra the reaction set in after the war
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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