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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to be in a hurry)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to hurry
Se apuró para llegar a la cita a tiempo.He hurried to arrive at the appointment on time.
b. to hurry up
Si no te apuras vamos a perder el vuelo.If you don't hurry up, we're going to miss the flight.
c. to get a move on
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
¡Apúrate! Que no tenemos todo el día.Get a move on! We don't have all day.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
2. (to be distressed)
a. to worry oneself
No me voy a apurar por lo que queda. Podemos terminar el trabajo mañana.I'm not going to worry myself about what's left. We can finish the work tomorrow.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (to consume all of)
a. to finish
Habíamos apurado las sobras, pero aún seguíamos con hambre.We had finished the leftovers, but we were still hungry.
b. to finish off
Ya no quiero más galletas. ¿Las quieres apurar?I don't want any more cookies. Do you want to finish them off?
c. to use up
Deberíamos comprar más leche antes de apurar el cartón que tenemos en casa.We should buy more milk before we use up the carton that we have at home.
d. to exhaust
Al darse cuenta de que habían apurado sus provisiones, los exploradores tuvieron que recurrir al canibalismo.Upon realizing that they had exhausted their provisions, the explorers had to resort to cannibalism.
4. (to demand haste)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to rush
No me apures, que quiero caminar con tranquilidad.Don't rush me. I want to walk to calmly.
b. to expedite (a process or package)
¿No hay manera de apurar el proceso? Nos marchamos en una semana.Isn't there any way to expedite the process? We leave in a week.
5. (to compel)
a. to put pressure on
Están apurando a los trabajadores para que hagan los informes trimestrales.They're putting pressure on the employees to produce the quarterly reports.
b. to push
Mis padres no me apuran a casarme. Yo me quiero casar.My parents aren't pushing me to get married. I want to get married.
6. (to cause embarrassment)
a. to embarrass
Estoy muy enfadada con mis padres porque me apuraron delante de mi novio a propósito.I'm really mad at my parents because they embarrassed me in front of my boyfriend on purpose.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
7. (to urge)
Regionalism used in Chile
a. to be urgent
Tiene un par de cosas que hacer, pero no le apura.She has a few things to do, but they're not urgent.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (agotar)
a. to finish off
2. (existencias, la paciencia)
a. to exhaust
3. (meter prisa)
a. to hurry
4. (preocupar)
a. to trouble
5. (avergonzar)
a. to embarrass
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
6. (preocuparse)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. to worry
7. (darse prisa)
a. to hurry
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transitive verb
1 (agotar) [+bebida] to drink up; [+comida] to eat up; [+provisión, medios] to use up; exhaust; finish off
apuró hasta la última gota de agua he drank up the last drop of water; apura tu copa, que nos vamos drink up, we're going; apuró la copa hasta el final he drained the glass
Paloma apura la consumición y siembra de colillas el cenicero mientras apura un trago de buen ron en un salón de la embajada Juan Pedro Hernández Moltó o Carlos Sanjuán,apuraban sus tentempiés respectivos. Había jovenes despiertas y hermosas que bebían cerveza y apuraban bocadillos de calamares Narcís Serra, apuró hasta el último momento para imponer su voluntad el juez Baltasar Garzón apuraba hasta el crepúsculo su tiempo precioso Apuraba hasta el final la página han apurao hasta el último centímetro de la casa apuraron todas las provisiones que había en la cabaña
tenemos que apurar todos los medios para conseguir nuestro objetivo we have to exhaust all our means to achieve our aim; apuró hasta el último momento de sus vacaciones he stretched out his holiday until the last moment
2 (agobiar) to put pressure on; pressurize
deja que haga lo que pueda sin apurarlo let him do what he can without pressurizing him o putting him under pressure
Confieso que no me apura mucho quedarme sin trabajo
no dejes que el trabajo te apure don't let your work get on top of you; si se me apura, yo diría que es la mejor playa de España if pushed, I would say that it is the best beach in Spain
la situación económica ha mejorado en general y, si me apuras, hasta en nuestro país si mucho me apuras apurándome mucho, este coche debe de haber costado tres mil libras
3 (avergonzar) to embarrass
me apuraba oírla hablar de esa manera it really embarrassed me to hear her speak like that
4 (comprobar) [+detalles] to check on; [+cuestión] to study minutely; [+misterio] to clear up; get to the bottom of
5 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (meter prisa) to rush; hurry
no te quiero apurar
¡no me apures! don't rush o hurry me!
6 (Técnica) to purify; refine
intransitive verb
(Chile) to be urgent
este trabajo le apura mucho this job is very urgent; me apura ver al doctor I have to see the doctor urgently
pronominal verb
1 (agobiarse) to get upset; worry;por about, over
se apura por poca cosa she gets upset o worries about the slightest thing
Tú no te apures. Esto es asunto nuestro
¡no te apures, que todo se arreglará! don't worry, everything will be all right!
Tú no te apures. Esto es asunto nuestro
2 (esforzarse) to make an effort; go hard at it
no se apura lo suficiente y así no conseguirá nada
apurarse por hacer algo to strive to do sth
3 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (apresurarse) to hurry; hurry up
¡apúrate! get a move on!; no te apures there's no hurry
apurarse la barba (España) to have a close shave
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