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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to quake)
a. to shake
La Tierra comenzó a temblar y un ruido misterioso salió del suelo.The Earth began to shake and an eerie noise arose from the ground.
b. to shiver (from cold)
El viento que venía del lago la hizo temblar.The wind coming off the lake made her shiver.
c. to shudder
La máquina necesita mantenimiento para que deje de temblar.The machine needs maintenance so it stops shuddering.
d. to tremble
El niño empezó a temblar cuando la enfermera entró por la puerta con la enorme jeringuilla.The boy began to tremble when the nurse came through the door with the huge syringe.
2. (to be concerned)
a. to shudder
Sus padres temblaron al pensar en su hija viajando sola por Europa.Her parents shuddered to think of their daughter traveling alone around Europe.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (persona; de miedo)
a. to tremble
2. (de frío)
a. to shiver
le temblaba la voz de la emociónher voice was trembling with emotion
3. (fig)
tiemblo por lo que pueda pasarleI shudder to think what could happen to him
temblar como un flanto shake like a jelly
4. (suelo, máquina)
a. to shudder, to shake
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intransitive verb
1 [+persona] (por miedo) to tremble; shake; (por frío) to shiver
me temblaba la mano my hand was trembling o shaking; temblar de miedo to tremble o shake with fright; temblar de frío to shiver with cold
temblar como un azogado to shake like a leaf; tremble all over
(sentir miedo)
echarse a temblar to get frightened; tiemblo de pensar en lo que pueda ocurrir I shudder to think what may happen; temblar ante la escena to shudder at the sight; temblar por su vida to fear for one's life
debemos echarnos a temblar ante un futuro próximo en que este señor pueda llegar a gobernar cuando oigo hablar de la patria me echo a temblar
2 [+edificio] to shake; shudder; [+tierra] to shake
dejar una botella temblando to use most of a bottle
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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