stiffen

stiffen(
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fihn
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to make stiff)
a. endurecer
Apply this paste to stiffen paper crafts.Aplica esta pasta para endurecer manualidades de papel.
b. almidonar
Stiffen your collar and put on a tie. You don't want to look sloppy for the interview.Almidona tu cuello y ponte una corbata. No quieres estar desarreglado para la entrevista.
2. (to tigthen)
a. agarrotar
Exercise stiffens my muscles if I don't stretch well.El ejercicio me agarrota los músculos si no me estiro bien.
3. (to strengthen)
a. reforzar
The first school's rejection stiffened my resolve to be accepted at the second.El rechazo de la primera universidad reforzó mi determinación de ser aceptado en la segunda.
b. fortalecer
The soldiers need something to stiffen their morale.Los soldados necesitan algo que les fortalezca la moral.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (to become stiff)
a. atietarse
Beat the egg whites until they stiffen.Bate las claras del huevo hasta que se atiesen.
5. (to tighten up)
a. agarrotarse
My legs started to stiffen on the tenth kilometer.Los músculos de las piernas me empezaron a agarrotar en el décimo kilómetro.
b. ponerse rígido
When we found the corpse, it had already stiffened.Cuando encontramos el cadáver, ya se había puesto rígido.
6. (to get stronger)
a. endurecerse
Chris was a very emotional kid, but he stiffened through his years in military service.Chris fue un niño muy emocional, per se endureció en sus años de servicio militar.
7. (to become tense)
a. anquilosarse
I stiffened when I saw my ex-girlfriend come into the room.Me anquilosé cuando vi a mi exnovia entrando al cuarto.
b. ponerse tenso
I know your students respect you. They stiffen when you give that disapproving look.Sé que tus estudiantes te respetan. Se ponen tensos cuando les echas esa mirada de desaprobación.
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stiffen
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (fabric, paper)
a. aprestar, endurecer
2. (paste)
a. espesar
3. (resolve, resistance)
a. reforzar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (limb, joint, person)
a. agarrotarse
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stiffen [ˈstɪfn]
transitive verb
1 [+card, fabric etc] reforzar; (with starch) almidonar
2 (also stiffen up) [+limb, muscle] contraer; poner tieso; [+joint] agarrotar
Tight clothes restrict your freedom of movement and stiffen up thw whole body
3 [+morale, resistance etc] fortalecer
intransitive verb
1 [+card, fabric] hacerse más rígido; atiesarse
2 (also stiffen up) [+limb, muscle] contraerse; ponerse tieso; [+joint] agarrotarse
The blood supply to the skin is reduced when muscles stiffen She was aware of Adam's body relaxing beneath her and she too allowed her limbs to loosen a little, only to stiffen up almost immediately
3 [+person, manner] endurecerse
the breeze stiffened refrescó el viento; resistance to the idea seems to have stiffened la oposición a esta idea parece haberse hecho más tenaz aún
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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