press down

press down
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to put pressure on)
a. apretar
Press the lid down to close it.Aprieta la tapa para cerrarla.
b. presionar
You have to press the button down hard to get it to work.Hay que presionar el botón con fuerza para que funcione.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
2. (often used with "on")
a. apretar
The dough should be firm when you press down on it.La masa debe sentirse firme cuando la aprietas.
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press down
transitive verb
(depress) [+button, knob, switch] apretar; presionar; (flatten) presionar hacia abajo
press the mixture down firmly in the tin
seal the edges by pressing them down cierre los lados presionándolos hacia abajo; cierre los lados apretándolos; he pressed the lid down tight apretó la tapa con fuerza
she pressed the clothes down into the suitcase a heaviness in his legs and arms that seemed to press him down in the seat
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
to press down on sth (gen) presionar algo; hacer presión sobre algo; (on pedal, accelerator) pisar algo
her hand was pressing down on his shoulder the body weight presses down on the thin bone structure of the spinal vertebrae he continued to press down on the accelerator press down on the foot pedal to start the machine to press down [on] sb the heat pressed down on us the sky seemed to be pressing down on me the realities of the present pressed down on them
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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