obrar
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obrar(
oh
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brahr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to behave)
a. to act
Debes ya saber cómo obrar en mi clase.You should already know how to act in my class.
2. (to take effect)
a. to work
El antiinflamatorio obró como era de esperar y el dolor del paciente disminuyó.The anti-inflammatory worked as expected and the patient's pain went down.
3.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(to defecate)
a. to pass a stool
El doctor me explicó que estar estreñido implica no obrar regularmente.The doctor explained that being constipated implies not passing stools regularly.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to make)
a. to work
Nadie pudo demostrar que aquel santo obrara algún milagro.No one was able to show that that saint had worked any miracle.
5. (carpentry)
a. to work
Los ebanistas obran la madera con mucho mimo.Carpenters work the wood with great care.
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obrar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (actuar)
a. to act
2. (causar efecto)
a. to work, to take effect
el remedio obró como se esperabathe remedy took effect o worked as anticipated
3. (estar en poder)
a.
obrar en manos de o en poder deto be in the possession of
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (general)
a. to work
esta experiencia obró un cambio profundo en su personathis experience brought about a profound change in him
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obrar
intransitive verb
1 (actuar) to act
obraron correctamente en todo momento they acted correctly at all times; debemos obrar de acuerdo con nuestra conciencia we must act in accordance with our consciences; obrar con precaución to act cautiously
has obrado como tu padre hubiera deseado yo creo que obré bien seguiré obrando con la cabeza fría Tienes que obrar con más prudencia el interés es el estímulo que hace obrar a los hombres
2 (tener efecto) [+medicinas] to work; have an effect
3 (estar)
obrar en manos o en poder de algn to be in sb's possession; los dos documentos obran ya en poder del abogado both documents are now in the possession of the lawyer
según los datos que obran en nuestro poder ... el acusado obra en manos del juez según las cifras que obran en poder de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos las cintas magnetofónicas que obran en poder de este periódico su carta obra en mi poder
4 (hacer obras) to have building work done; do building work
ya tengo el permiso para obrar
5 (defecar) to go (familiar); go to the toilet o bathroom; (EEUU) pass a stool (eufemismo)
transitive verb
1 [+mejoría] to make; [+milagro] to work
la fe obra milagros sus apoyos parlamentarios no pueden obrar el milagro de transformar su descrédito en confianza
el medicamento no obró ningún efecto en el enfermo the medicine had no effect on o did not work on the patient
la medicina no obraba ninguna mejoría en el enfermo
2 (trabajar) [+madera] to work
3 (S. Cone) (construir) to build
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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obrar en poder de
to be in possession of
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