madrugar(
mah
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droo
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gahr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to wake early)
a. to get up early
Mañana tengo que madrugar, así que creo que es mejor irme ahora.I have to get up early tomorrow, so I think it's better to leave now.
2. (to arrive early)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El reloj marcó la medianoche y los fuegos artificiales madrugaron.After the clock struck midnight, it wasn't long before the fireworks started going off.
La película no estrena por otros tres días más, pero las críticas positivas madrugan.The movie doesn't come out for another three days, but the positive reviews have already started rolling in.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to overtake)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me madrugaron con los lugares en la mesa.Everybody but me got a seat at the table.
Iba a mencionar eso, pero me madrugaste.I was going to mention that, but you beat me to it.
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madrugar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (levantarse)
a. to get up early
2. (prov)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
no por mucho madrugar amanece más tempranotime must take its course
3. (prov)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
al que madruga, Dios le ayudathe early bird catches the worm
4. (ocurrir pronto)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
los goles madrugaronit wasn't long before the goals started flowing
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madrugar
intransitive verb
1 (levantarse temprano) (una vez) to get up early; get up at the crack of dawn; (por costumbre) to be an early riser
a quien madruga, Dios le ayuda the early bird catches the worm
no por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano time will take its course
2 (anticiparse) to be quick off the mark
3 (precipitarse) to jump the gun
transitive verb
madrugar a algn (adelantarse) to get in ahead of sb; (Centroamérica) (matar) to bump sb off (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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