ahondar
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ahondar(
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dahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to increase the depth of)
a. to deepen
Deberemos ahondar el hoyo para recolectar una muestra de suelo.We'll need to deepen this hole to collect a soil sample.
b. to make deeper
Ahondaron el pozo en 1889 y el contenido mineral disminuyó en forma drástica.They deepened the well in 1889, and the mineral content dropped dramatically.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to magnify)
a. to deepen
Las riñas entre Juan y Elena ahondaron la distancia entre ambos.The fights between Juan and Elena deepened the gulf between them.
b. to make more profound
Hablar con mi padre sobre el pasado ahonda mis rencores.Chatting with my father about the past makes my resentment more profound.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to study thoroughly; used with "en")
a. to examine in detail
En este taller, vamos a ahondar en el problema del calentamiento global.In this workshop, we'll be examining the problem of global warming in detail.
b. to delve into
El libro ahonda en el tema de la creatividad y su papel en la tecnología.The book delves into the topic of creativity and its role in technology.
c. to dig into
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
El profesor quiere ahondar en el origen del comportamiento del alumno.The teacher wants to dig into the origin of the student's behavior.
ahondarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to enter)
a. to sink into
La espada se ahondó en su pecho.The sword sunk into his chest.
5. (to worsen)
a. to become worse
La crisis financiera se ahondó con el aumento de los impuestos.The financial crisis became worse after the tax hike.
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ahondar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (hoyo, túnel)
a. to deepen
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
ahondar ento penetrate deep into
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ahondar
transitive verb
to deepen; make deeper
intransitive verb
ahondar en to study thoroughly; explore
pronominal verb
ahondarse to go in more deeply; sink in more deeply
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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ahondar en
to examine in detail
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