pulir
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pulir(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to shine)
a. to polish
Hay que pulir la lámpara; el dorado no tiene brillo.The lamp needs polishing; the gilt is looking dull.
2. (to smooth)
a. to sand (with sandpaper)
Si pules la mesa con la lijadora eléctrica, irás más rápido.If you sand the table with the electric sander, you'll find it quicker.
b. to polish (glass or metal)
El acero puede ser pulido para obtener un acabado liso.Steel can be polished to obtain a smooth finish.
3. (to perfect)
a. to polish
Vamos a pulir tu interpretación para la representación de mañana.Let's polish your performance for tomorrow's show.
b. to improve
Necesito pulir mi comunicación oral antes de la entrevista.I need to improve my oral communication skills before the interview.
c. to polish up
Tenemos que pulir tus modales para la cena de gala.We need to polish up your manners for the gala dinner.
pulirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to better oneself)
a. to become more refined
¡Qué elegante está Bernardo! Se ve que con los años se ha pulido bastante.How smart Bernardo looks! It's obvious that he has become more refined over the years.
b. to improve
Escribir un blog me permite pulirme como escritor.Blogging gives me the opportunity to improve as a writer.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to spend)
a. to go through
Mis padres se pulieron $300 en la compra de la semana.My parents went through $300 on the weekly shop.
b. to get through
Creo que soy capaz de pulirme cien mil dólares en un año.I think I could get through one hundred thousand dollars in a year.
c. to blow
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Se pulió más de $500 en un par de zapatos.She blew more than $500 on a pair of shoes.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to consume)
a. to polish off
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Nos pulimos una botella de champán entre los cuatro.We polished off a bottle of champagne between the four of us.
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pulir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to polish
necesito pulir mi alemánI've got to brush up my German
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (colloquial)
a. to blow, to throw away
se pulió el sueldo en una semanahe blew his wages in a week
nos pulimos una botella de whiskywe polished off o put away a bottle of whiskey
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pulir
transitive verb
1 [+cristal, metal, suelo] to polish
2 (perfeccionar) to polish
hace falta pulir esta traducción this translation still needs polishing
3 [+persona]
nadie ha logrado pulirlo nobody has managed to polish his manners; en este colegio pulirán su educación they will finish off o round off her education at this school
4 (birlar) to pinch (familiar)
ya me han pulido el bolígrafo they've gone and pinched my pen (familiar)
pronominal verb
pulirse
1 (refinarse) to acquire polish
2 (acicalarse) to spruce o.s. up
3 (gastar) to go through; get through
se pulió la herencia en dos años
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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