murmurar
murmurar(
moor
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moo
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rahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to say softly)
a. to murmur
Cuando estabas dormido murmuraste unas palabras ininteligibles.While you were asleep you murmured some unintelligible words.
b. to whisper
Ella murmuró unas palabras en mi oído para que los demás no la escucharan.She whispered a few words in my ear so the others couldn't hear her.
2. (to complain)
a. to mutter
Lo oyeron murmurar un comentario ofensivo.They heard him mutter an offensive remark.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to talk low)
a. to murmur
Los escuché murmurar, pero no pude entender lo que decían.I heard them murmur, but I couldn't understand what they were saying.
b. to whisper
Dilo en voz alta; estás murmurando y no te puedo oír.Say it aloud; you are whispering and I can't hear you.
4. (to spread rumors)
a. to gossip
Ella es una chismosa; siempre está murmurando acerca los vecinos.She is a scandalmonger, always gossiping about her neighbors.
5. (to complain)
a. to grumble
Deja de murmurar y ven a ayudarme.Stop grumbling and come help me.
b. to mutter
Sara está de mal genio, murmurando y quejándose entre dientes.Sara is in a bad mood, muttering and whining under her breath.
6.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(to make soft sounds)
a. to murmur
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
En la tarde apacible las olas del mar murmuraba suavemente.In the peaceful afternoon the sea waves murmured softly.
b. to rustle
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
Una ligera brisa hizo murmurar a las hojas del árbol.A light breeze made the leaves of the tree rustle.
c. to whisper
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
No pudo dormir escuchando al viento murmurar en el bosque.He couldn't sleep hearing the wind whispering through the woods.
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murmurar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to mutter
se murmura que…there are rumors that…
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (susurrar; persona)
a. to murmur, to whisper
3. (agua, viento)
a. to murmur, to gurgle
4. (hojas)
a. to rustle
5. (criticar)
a. to gossip
se pasan el tiempo murmurando del jefethey do nothing but gossip about the boss
6. (rezongar, quejarse)
a. to grumble
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murmurar
transitive verb
(susurrar) to murmur; whisper; (quejarse) to mutter
murmuró unas palabras de agradecimiento she murmured a few words of thanks; la tranquilizaba murmurando palabras en su oído he calmed her by whispering in her ear
intransitive verb
1 (cotillear) to gossip;de about; (quejarse) to grumble; mutter;de about
siempre están murmurando del jefe they're always grumbling o muttering about the boss
2 [+hojas] to rustle; [+viento] to whisper; [+agua] to murmur
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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