An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to stick; often used with "to")
a. pegarse
My clothes cling to my skin when I take them out of the dryer.La ropa se me pega a la piel cuando la saco de la secadora.
b. adherirse
I took my black sweater out of the dryer to find that white lint had clung to it.Saqué el suéter negro de la secadora y encontré que la pelusa blanca se le había adherido.
2. (to linger; used with "to")
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The smell of formaldehyde clung to her skin weeks after her last day working in the morgue.Su piel seguía impregnada del olor a formol semanas después de su último día de trabajo en la morgue.
The smell of smoke clung to my clothes after leaving the nightclub.Mi ropa quedó impregnada de olor a humo después de salir de la discoteca.
3. (to hold tightly; used with "to")
a. aferrarse a
Eric clung to his father as they walked through the crowd at the market.Eric se aferró a su papá mientras caminaban entre la multitud en el mercado.
b. no separarse de
Fernanda clings to her mother when they meet new people.Fernanda no se separa de su mamá cuando conocen a gente nueva.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(to hold tightly; used with "to")
a. aferrarse a
Despite all evidence to the contrary, she continues to cling to her son's innocence.A pesar de todas las pruebas demostrando lo contrario, continúa aferrándose a la inocencia de su hijo.
5. (to be emotionally attached; often used with "to")
a. pegarse a
Lisa has been clinging to her older sister all her life and cannot bear to see her go away to college.Lisa se ha pegado mucho a su hermana mayor y no puede soportar ver que se vaya a la universidad.
b. agarrarse de
Stop clinging so much to your boyfriend; he is going to feel suffocated.Deja de agarrarte tanto de tu novio; se va a sentir sofocado.
c. aferrarse a
Jake's friends tease him because of how much he clings to his girlfriend.Los amigos de Jake se burlan de él debido a lo mucho que se aferra a su novia.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (general)
to cling toaferrarse a
2. (fig)
to cling to an opinionaferrarse a una idea
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cling [klɪŋ] clung (past)
intransitive verb
1 (hold on) (to person) pegarse;to a; (affectionately) agarrarse; aferrarse;to a; (to rope) agarrarse;to a, de; (to belief, opinion) aferrarse; seguir fiel;to a
they clung to one another no se desprendían de su abrazo
2 (stick) [+clothes] (to skin) pegarse;to a;
a dress that clings to the figure un vestido que se pega al cuerpo; the smell clung to her clothes la ropa se quedó impregnada del olor
3 (stay close) (to friend, mother etc) no separarse;to de
to cling together no separarse (ni un momento)
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