clarear

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clarear(
klah
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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 make paler)
a. to lighten
Los colores del cuadro son demasiado oscuros. Mézclalos con blanco para clarearlos.The colors in the picture are too dark. Mix them with white to lighten them.
b. to make lighter
Si no clareas la imagen, es difícil distinguir a la gente que aparece en ella.If you don't make the picture lighter, it's hard to make out the people in it.
2. (to throw light on)
a. to light up
Los primeros rayos del sol empezaron a clarear el interior de la casa.The first rays of the sun began to light up the interior of the house.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
impersonal verb
3. (to brighten up)
a. to clear up
Después de horas lloviendo por fin empezó a clarear.After several hours of rain it finally started to clear up.
4. (to dawn)
a. to grow light
Empezaba a clarear cuando el viajero llegó a la puerta de la ciudad.It was beginning to grow light when the traveler arrived at the city gate.
b. to get light
En esta época del año, a las seis ya clarea.At this time of year, it gets light at six o'clock.
c. to break (intransitive verb)
Los colores rosados del cielo cuando clarea son preciosos.The pink colors of the sky when dawn breaks are really beautiful.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to become sparse)
a. to thin
Mi padre está deprimido porque le clarea el pelo.My father is depressed because his hair is thinning.
clarearse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
6. (to be translucent)
a. to be transparent
Estas sábanas están tan usadas que ya clarean.These sheets are so worn-out that they are transparent.
b. to be see-through
La tela de la camisa es tan fina que clarea.The fabric of the shirt is so thin that it is see-through.
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clarear
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to light up
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
impersonal verb
2. (amanecer)
a.
empezaba a clareardawn was breaking
3. (despejarse)
a. to clear up, to brighten up
saldremos cuando clareewe'll go out when it clears up
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (transparentarse)
a. to be see-through
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clarear
intransitive verb
1 (Meteorología) (despejarse) to clear up
2 (al amanecer) [+día] to dawn; break
hasta que claree el día el alba clareó en el silencio blanco volvía a casa al clarear el día
[+cielo] to grow light
ya empieza a clarear it's starting to get light now
3 (escasear)
con la altura el monte ya clarea as you go up the vegetation becomes more sparse; ya le empieza a clarear el pelo he's beginning to lose his hair
el monte clarea a intervalos
4 (transparentarse) [+tela] to be transparent
ya empiezan a clarearle las sienes he's beginning to go grey at the temples
transitive verb
(iluminar) to light up
Los faros de un automóvil clarearon inesperadamente el tronco
(aclarar) to make lighter
su ceñida indumentaria negra clareaba por contraste las partes visibles de su piel clarear a algn
pronominal verb
clarearse
1 [+tela] to be transparent
2 (delatarse) to give the game away
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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