pasar la noche en vela
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to spend the night awake) 
a. to be up all night (willingly) 
Cuando era joven, no me importaba nada pasar la noche en vela bebiendo y bailando.When I was young, I didn't mind at all being up all night, drinking and dancing.
b. to have a sleepless night (unwillingly) 
No me encontraba bien y pasé la noche en vela.I didn't feel well and I had a sleepless night.
Con lo preocupona que es, seguro que pasa la noche en vela.She's such a worrier. I'm sure she'll stay awake all night.
pasarse la noche en vela
pronominal verb phrase
2. (to spend the night awake) 
a. to be up all night (willingly) 
Cuando mi amiga Alicia se quedaba a dormir en mi casa, nos pasábamos la noche en vela charlando.When my friend Alicia stayed overnight at my place, we'd be up all night chatting.
b. to have a sleepless night (unwillingly) 
Bebí demasiado café y me pasé la noche en vela.I drank too much coffee and had a sleepless night.
Mamá dice que, cada vez que tiene que subirse a un avión, se pasa la noche en vela.Mom says that, every time she has to get on a plane, she stays awake all night.
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