aproximarse

A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to get closer)
a. to approach
El crucero se aproxima al muelle lentamente.The cruiser is approaching the dock slowly.
b. to near
Se aproxima un meteoroide a la Tierra.A meteoroid is nearing the Earth.
2. (to be about to happen)
a. to draw near
¡Se aproxima tu cumpleaños! ¿Cómo lo vas a celebrar?Your birthday is drawing near! How are you going to celebrate it?
b. to approach
Mucha gente se ejercita y hace dieta solo cuando se aproxima el verano.Many people work out and go on a diet only when summer approaches.
3. (to come near to)
a. to approximate
La tasa de inflación se aproxima a la que predijeron los economistas.The inflation rate approximates what the economists predicted.
b. to approach
A medida que x se aproxima a infinito, el límite se convierte en cero.As x approaches infinity, the limit of the function becomes zero.
c. to be close to
Estas cifras no se aproximan en lo más mínino a los resultados esperados.These figures are nowhere close to the expected results.
aproximar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
4. (to put closer)
a. to bring closer
No puedo leer el periódico desde tan lejos. Aproxímalo.I can't read the newspaper from that far away. Bring it closer.
b. to draw up
Aproxima la silla al escritorio y siéntate derecho.Draw up your chair to the desk and sit straight.
5. (to reconcile)
a. to bring closer together
El tratado busca resolver la disputa territorial y aproximar las posiciones de ambas naciones.The treaty aims to resolve the territorial dispute and to bring both nations' stances closer together.
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aproximar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to move closer
aproxima la mesa a la puertamove the table closer to o over toward the door
un intento de aproximar posturasan attempt at a rapprochement o to bring the two sides closer together
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (en el espacio)
a. to approach, to come closer
el autobús se aproximaba a la paradathe bus was approaching the stop
el déficit se aproxima a los seis millonesthe deficit is close to six million
3. (en el tiempo)
a.
se aproximan las vacacionesthe holidays are drawing nearer o approaching
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aproximar
transitive verb
to bring near; bring nearer;a to
aproximar una silla to bring a chair over; draw up a chair
pronominal verb
aproximarse
1 (arrimarse) to come near; come closer
aproximarse a (acercarse) to near; approach; el tren se aproximaba a su destino the train was nearing o approaching its destination
2
aproximarse a [+cierta edad] to be nearly; be getting on for
3
aproximarse a (intentar reconciliarse) to approach; approximate to
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