erguir

erguir(
ehr
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geer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to hold up or high)
a. to raise
Cuando hables con tu jefe, tienes que erguir la cabeza y mirarlo de frente.When you talk to your boss, you need to raise your head and look him in the eyes.
b. to lift
Mi nena tiene un mes, y ya puede erguir su cabeza brevemente.My baby girl is a month old, and she's already able to lift her head briefly.
2. (to unbend)
a. to straighten
Te estás encorvando mucho. ¡Párate derecho, yergue la espalda y levanta los hombros!You're slouching so much. Stand up straight, straighten your back, and lift up your shoulders!
3. (to erect)
a. to prick up
Sonó un ruido afuera y el perro enseguida irguió las orejas.There was a noise outside and the dog immediately pricked up his ears.
erguirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to be erect)
a. to stand up
Él nunca se rinde. Cuatro veces cayó al suelo, y cuatro veces se volvió a erguir.He never gives up. Four times he fell down, and four times he stood up again.
b. to stand straight
Los humanos somos los únicos mamíferos que caminamos erguidos.We humans are the only mammals that stand straight to walk.
5. (to stand or sit)
a. to rise
Los cerros de Monserrate y Guadalupe se yerguen sobre la sabana de Bogotá.The mounts of Monserrate and Guadalupe rise over the Bogotá Savanna.
b. to rise up
En este lugar se erguirá el edifico más alto de la ciudad.The tallest building in the city will rise up right here.
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erguir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to raise
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (general)
a. to rise up
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erguir
transitive verb
1 (levantar) to raise; lift
erguir la cabeza to hold one's head up; to hold one's head high
2 (enderezar) to straighten
pronominal verb
erguirse
1 (enderezarse) (al ponerse en pie) to straighten up; stand up straight; (estando sentado) to sit up straight
2 (envanecerse) to swell with pride
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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