amainar

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amainar(
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may
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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. (to gather)
a. to take in
Los marinos amainaron las velas y echaron ancla.The sailors took in the sails and dropped anchor.
b. to shorten
El capitán nos ordenó amainar las velas para reducir la velocidad del barco.The captain ordered us to shorten the sails to reduce the ship's speed.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (to lose strength)
a. to die down
El viento amainó y la cometa cayó al suelo.The wind died down and the kite fell to the ground.
b. to abate
Cuando la tormenta hubo amainado, nuestros vecinos finalmente salieron de sus casa para inspeccionar los daños.Once the storm had abated, our neighbors finally left their houses to survey the damage.
c. to subside
Si el viento amaina, tendremos que remar.If the wind subsides, we'll have to row.
d. to ease off
La lluvia amainó, pero el terreno todavía está fangoso.The rain eased off but the terrain is still muddy.
3. (to diminish)
a. to abate
El cólera del rey amainó y le perdonó la vida al condenado.The king's wrath abated and he spared the condemned man's life.
b. to subside
Hablaremos cuando amaine tu ira.We'll talk when your rage subsides.
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amainar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (nautical)
a. to take in
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (también fig)
a. to abate, to die down
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amainar
transitive verb
[+vela] to take in; shorten; [+furia] to calm;
intransitive verb
pronominal verb
amainarse [+viento] to abate; die down; [+ira] to subside; [+esfuerzo] to slacken
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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