arañar
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arañar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to graze)
a. to scratch
La valla metálica me arañó el brazo y tuve que ponerme la antitetánica.The metal fence scratched my arm and I had to get an anti-tetanus injection.
2. (to make scratch marks on)
a. to scratch
Mi gato me araña todos los muebles.My cat scratches all my furniture.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to struggle to obtain)
a. to scrape together (money)
Arañamos todo el dinero que podemos para llegar a fin de mes.We scrape together all the money we can to make it to the end of the month.
b. to scrape (grade, pass, tie)
Por suerte, Juanita logró arañar un 4 en el examen.Luckily, Juanita managed to scrape a 4 in the exam.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to achieve something with diffiulty)
a. to scrape by (financially)
Nunca le pedía plata a su marido. Llevaba la casa arañando con lo que le daba.She never asked her husband for money. She ran the house by scraping by on what he gave her.
b. to scrape through (in an exam)
Había estudiado muy poco y aprobó arañando.She hadn't studied very much at all and just scraped through.
arañarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to graze)
a. to scratch
Sergio se había arañado la mejilla así que le puse una curita.Sergio had scratched his cheek so I put a Band-Aid on it.
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arañar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (raspar)
a. to scratch
2. (fig)
a. to scrape together
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arañar
transitive verb
1 (herir) to scratch
2 (recoger) to scrape together
pasó los exámenes arañando (Arg) he just scraped through the exams
3 [+beneficios] to rake off; cream off
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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