refrenarse

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refrenarse(
rreh
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freh
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nahr
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seh
)
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to contain oneself)
a. to restrain oneself
Leandro no pudo refrenarse y gritó de alegría cuando le dieron la buena noticia.Leandro couldn't restrain himself and shouted with joy when he received the good news.
b. to hold back
Cuando Lilly vio a su ídolo en la calle le dieron ganas de correr y abrazarlo pero logró refrenarse.When Lilly saw her idol in the street, she wanted to run up and hug him but she managed to hold back.
refrenar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (to contain)
a. to restrain
La policía logró refrenar a los manifestantes sin recurrir a la violencia.The police managed to restrain the protesters without resorting to violence.
b. to curb
Ya sabemos que estás emocionado pero deberías refrenar tu entusiasmo un poquito.We know you're excited, but you should curb your enthusiasm a little.
c. to hold in check
Por favor, trata de mantenerte en calma y refrenar tus emociones.Please, try to stay calm and hold your emotions in check.
3. (horseback riding)
a. to rein in
El jinete refrenó al caballo y lo hizo trotar suavemente hacia el establo.The rider reined the horse in and made it trot slowly to the barn.
b. to rein back
Finalmente, Sara logró refrenar a su caballo desbocado.At last, Sara was able to rein back her runaway horse.
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refrenar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to curb, to restrain
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (general)
a. to hold back, to restrain oneself
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refrenar
transitive verb
1 [+caballo] to rein back
2 [+pasiones, ánimos] to restrain; hold in check
pronominal verb
refrenarse to restrain o.s.
Me tuve que refrenar para no darle un puñetazo.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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