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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to plump out)
a. to fluff up
Marcos remetió las sábanas y esponjó las almohadas.Marcos tucked in the sheets and fluffed up the pillows.
b. to make fluffy
El peluquero me esponjó las extensiones de cabello con un secador.The hairdresser made my hair extensions fluffy with a hairdryer.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (to become bigger)
a. to fluff up
La almohada se esponjó rápidamente cuando levanté la cabeza.The pillow fluffed up quickly when I lifted my head.
b. to become fluffy
Al caniche se le esponjó el pelaje después del baño.The poodle's fur became fluffy after the bath.
c. to puff up
El pavo real se esponjó cuando vio a otro macho acercarse a su hembra.The peacock puffed up when it saw another male approaching its mate.
3. (culinary)
a. to rise
Coloca la masa en un bol, cúbrela con un paño de cocina húmedo y espera hasta que se esponje.Put the dough in a bowl, cover it with a damp kitchen towel and wait until it rises.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(to feel proud)
a. to swell with pride
Fabián se esponja cada vez que habla de sus logros personales.Fabian swells with pride every time he talks about his personal achievements.
b. to get puffed up
La actriz se esponjó cuando subió al escenario a recibir el Óscar.The actress got puffed up when she went on stage to receive the Oscar.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to fluff up
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transitive verb
to fluff up; make fluffy
pronominal verb
1 (hacerse esponjoso) [+lana] to fluff up; become fluffy; [+masa] to rise
2 (engreírse) to swell with pride; be puffed up
3 (rebosar salud) to glow with health
4 (tener aspecto próspero) to look prosperous
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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