modelaban they modelled
The word modelaban is the imperfect form of modelar in the third person plural. See the full modelar conjugation.
modelar
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modelar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (fine arts)
a. to model (the clay)
Los nativos modelan la arcilla utilizando técnicas muy antiguas.The natives model the clay using ancient techniques.
b. to shape (a figure)
En solo unos minutos, modeló la figura de una bailarina con plastilina.In just a few minutes, she shaped the figure of a dancer with Plasticine.
c. to sculpt (a figure)
Para modelar las manos, tendrán que utilizar esta otra herramienta.You'll need to use this other tool to sculpt the hands.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to determine)
a. to shape
Naturalmente, todas esas vivencias modelaron su carácter y lo convirtieron en el hombre que es.Of course, all those experiences shaped his personality and turned him into the man he is now.
b. to mold
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Bien podría decirse que, en estas latitudes, la historia fue modelada por una geografía única.It could well be said that, in these parts, history has been molded by a unique geography.
c. to mould (United Kingdom)
Se intentó modelar la política educativa del país a imagen y semejanza de la de otros países europeos.They tried to mould the country's education policy to mirror that of other European countries.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (fine arts)
a. to model
Las figuras de los ángeles que adornan las columnas están modeladas en yeso.The figures of the angels that decorate the columns are modeled in plaster.
4. (fashion)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to model
Judith modeló para muchas casas de costura parisinas.Judith modeled for many Paris couture houses.
modelarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to take as a model; used with "en")
a. to model oneself on
Como escritor, se modeló en poetas y novelistas de tradiciones muy diversas.As a writer, he modeled himself on poets and novelists from very different traditions.
6. (to be based)
a. to be modeled
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Nuestras leyes actuales se modelan sobre la base de las de nuestros antepasados.Our present laws are modeled on the basis of those of our ancestors.
b. to be modelled (United Kingdom)
Dichas sociedades se modelaban en principios liberales y humanísticos.Those societies were modelled on liberal and humanistic principles.
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modelar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (art)
a. to model
2. (fig)
a. to form, to shape
3. (ropa)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to model
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modelar
transitive verb
(dar forma a) to shape; form; [+escultor] to sculpt; [+alfarero] to model
modela la madera con un cuchillo pinta y modela cuerpos gordos aprendí a modelar barro
la vida nos modela life moulds o molds us; (EEUU) modelar el futuro to shape the future
pronominal verb
modelarse
modelarse sobre algn to model o.s. on sb
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