curtir
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curtir(
koor
-
teer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (leatherworking)
a. to tan
El curtidor seca la piel antes de curtirla con la solución curtiente.The leatherworker dries the hide before tanning it with the tanning solution.
2. (to darken)
a. to tan
Todos los días se ponía en la terraza media hora para que el sol fuera curtiendo su piel.Every day she spent half an hour out on the balcony to let the sun tan her skin.
b. to bronze
La nobleza usaba parasoles para que el sol no les curtiera la cara.The nobility would use sunshades to prevent the sun from bronzing their faces.
3. (to toughen up)
a. to harden
El hambre y las penalidades curtieron el carácter de aquella mujer que antaño había sido alegre.Hunger and misery hardened the character of that woman who once was cheerful.
curtirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to darken)
a. to become tanned
Las piernas se le curtieron de salir a correr a mediodía.His legs became tanned from going running at noon.
5. (to become hard)
a. to get weather-beaten
La poca piel que llevaban al descubierto los alpinistas se había curtido con el frío y el viento.The little skin the alpinists didn't cover got weather-beaten by the cold temperature and the wind.
6. (to become toughened)
a. to become hardened
Después de la guerra, se fue curtiendo dejando atrás al niño que no podía valerse por sí mismo.After the war he became hardened, leaving behind the kid who once couldn't fend for himself.
b. to become inured
Mi padre siempre dice que para ser alguien en la vida, hay que curtirse a base de trabajo duro.My father always says that to be someone in life, you have to become inured through hard work.
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curtir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (piel)
a. to tan
2. (persona)
a. to harden
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (piel)
a. to tan
4. (persona)
a. to become hardened
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curtir
transitive verb
1 [+cuero] to tan
2 [+piel] to tan; bronze
3 (acostumbrar) to harden; inure
pronominal verb
curtirse
1 (por sol) to become tanned; (por intemperie) to get weather-beaten
2 (acostumbrarse) to become inured;contra to
3 (Latinoamérica) (ensuciarse) to get o.s. dirty
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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