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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to chew away)
a. roer
You can see where the cables have been gnawed by mice.Se ve donde los ratones han roído los cables.
b. carcomer
Rats had gnawed the woodwork and eaten all the food.Las ratas habían carcomido la carpintería y comido todos los alimentos.
2. (to eat)
a. roer
The boy had gnawed the bone until there was nothing left on it.El niño había roído el hueso hasta dejarlo limpio.
b. mordisquear
The dog was lying in front of the fire gnawing a bone.El perro estaba echado delante de la chimenea mordisqueando un hueso.
c. comerse
Stop gnawing your fingernails!¡Deja de comerte las uñas!
3. (to torment)
a. corroer
There's no point in letting yourself be gnawed inside by guilt.No sirve de nada dejar que la culpabilidad te corroa por dentro.
b. carcomer
Gnawed by jealousy, Albert couldn't bear to see them together.Carcomido por los celos, Albert no podía soportar verlos juntos.
c. atormentar
My mother was gnawed by doubts and anxieties.A mi madre las dudas y las preocupaciones la atormentaban.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (of animal)
a. roer
2. (animal)
to gnaw through somethingroer algo
3. (fig)
a. (doubt)
to gnaw away at somebodycorroer a alguien
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gnaw [nɔː]
transitive verb
(chew, also fig) roer; carcomer
gnawed by doubts/hunger atormentado por las dudas/el hambre
intransitive verb
to gnaw through roer or carcomer haciendo un agujero en; to gnaw at roer
guilt gnaws at me when I'm alone Hunger gnawed at Frank's stomach these destructive and negative feelings can gnaw away at you and prevent you from enjoying future relationships It is the irritations of everyday life, repeated over and over, that gnaw away at our psyches and erode our bodies with anger, worry, frustration, and hatred
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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