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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to flirt)
a. to make advances
Daniela se sintió incómoda en la fiesta porque Pedro se le insinuó.Daniela felt uncomfortable at the party because Pedro made advances to her.
b. to make a pass
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
No sé si ese chico se me estaba insinuando.I don't know whether that boy was making a pass at me.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(to appear gradually)
a. to emerge
En su rostro se insinuaba una mirada de preocupación.A look of concern emerged on her face.
b. to become apparent
Empiezan a insinuarse ciertas tensiones entre el jefe y los empleados.Certain tensions are becoming apparent between the boss and staff.
c. to creep in
Creo que la intolerancia está insinuándose en nuestra sociedad.I think intolerance is creeping into our society.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to imply)
a. to hint at
La cantante insinuó la posibilidad de publicar un nuevo álbum.The singer hinted at the possibility of releasing a new album.
b. to hint
El jefe de policía insinua que tienen un posible sospechoso.The chief of police is hinting that they have a possible suspect.
c. to imply
Pedro insinuó que sabía lo que estábamos haciendo.Pedro implied that he knew what we were doing.
d. to suggest
¿Qué insinúas? Claro que quiero a mi marido.What are you suggesting? Of course I love my husband.
e. to insinuate (something unpleasant)
Gloria insinuó que yo tenía la culpa de su fracaso.Gloria insinuated that I was to blame for her failure.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to hint at, to insinuate
¿qué insinúas?what are you suggesting?
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (amorosamente)
a. to make advances
3. (notarse)
empiezan a insinuarse problemasit's beginning to look as if there might be problems
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transitive verb
1 (sugerir) to insinuate; hint at
insinuar que ... to insinuate o imply that ...
insinuar una observación to slip in a comment
insinuar una sonrisa to give the hint of a smile
El rey insinúa una sonrisa con afectada superioridad
pronominal verb
1 (entreverse) to begin to appear
en lo alto se insinuaban las siluetas de los ciclistas
insinuarse a algn to make advances to sb
insinuarse con algn to ingratiate o.s. with sb
insinuarse en algo (introducirse) to worm one's way into sth; insinuarse en el ánimo de algn to work one's way gradually into sb's mind
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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