envejecer
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envejecer(
ehm
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beh
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heh
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sehr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to get older)
a. to grow old
Vas a envejecer más rápido si vives estresado.You will grow old faster if you are always stressed.
b. to age
Mi abuela envejeció bien.My grandmother aged well.
2. (culinary)
a. to mature
El vino envejece mejor en barriles grandes.Wine matures better in large barrels.
b. to age
El queso envejeció 30 semanas sin que lo tocaran.The cheese aged for 30 weeks without being touched.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to make older)
a. to age
La muerte de su único hijo la envejeció rápido.Losing her only child aged her quickly.
b. to make look old
El carpintero envejeció la madera.The carpenter made the wood look old.
envejecerse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to become old)
a. to get old
Los muebles se envejecieron y los reemplazamos.The furniture got old, so we replaced it.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
5. (by clothes, makeup etc)
a. to make oneself look older
Intenta envejecerse para que los demás crean que es más experimentado.He tries to make himself look older so others will think he is more experienced.
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envejecer
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (hacerse viejo)
a. to grow old
2. (parecer viejo)
a. to age
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (general)
a. to age
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envejecer
transitive verb
to age; make look old
intransitive verb
pronominal verb
envejecerse
1 [+persona] (volverse viejo) to age; get old; grow old; (parecer viejo) to look old
en dos años se ha envejecido mucho he's aged a lot these last two years
2 [+ropa, muebles] to become old-fashioned
3 [+vino] to mature; age
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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