-they/you chain
Presentellos/ellas/ustedesconjugation ofencadenar.


A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to bind with chains)
a. to chain
El hombre encadenó el collar del perro a los barrotes.The man chained the dog's collar to the railings.
b. to chain up
El secuestrador encadenó a sus víctimas para que no pudieran escapar.The kidnapper chained up his victims so that they couldn't escape.
c. to fetter (with fetters)
En el barco negrero encadenaban a los esclavos, incluso a la hora de comer.On the slave ship, the slaves were fettered even when they ate.
2. (to connect)
a. to link
La policía intentó encadenar las pistas para encontrar al asesino en serie.The police tried to link the clues to find the serial killer.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(to restrain)
a. to chain
Este trabajo me encadena todo el día a la computadora.This job chains me to a computer all day.
b. to tie down
Laura no tenía familia ni amigos en la ciudad. Nada la encadenaba a ese lugar.Laura didn't have family or friends in the city. Nothing tied her down to that place.
c. to shackle
No dejes que nadie te encadene a un matrimonio que ya no te hace feliz.Don't let anyone shackle you to a marriage which no longer makes you happy.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to bind oneself with chains)
a. to chain oneself
Los ecologistas se encadenaron a los árboles para evitar la tala.The environmentalists chained themselves to the trees to prevent the felling.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (atar)
a. to chain (up)
2. (enlazar)
a. to link (together)
3. (esclavizar)
a. to chain
transitive verb
1 (atar con cadenas) to chain; chain together; to tie down
los negocios le encadenan al escritorio business ties him to his desk
2 [+prisionero] to fetter; shackle
3 [+de hechos, ideas] to connect; link
4 (inmovilizar) to shackle; paralyze; immobilize
intransitive verb
(Cine) to fade in
encadenar a to fade to
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