thicken
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (culinary)
a. espesar
If you need to thicken the sauce, add a little flour to the mixture and keep stirring.Si necesitas espesar la salsa, añade un poco de harina a la mezcla y sigue removiéndola.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (culinary)
a. espesarse
Keep stirring the sauce until it thickens.No dejes de remover la salsa hasta que se espese.
b. espesar
If the hollandaise doesn't thicken, add another egg yolk.Si la salsa holandesa no espesa, añade otra yema de huevo.
3. (to become denser)
a. hacerse más espeso
The fog was thickening and I could no longer see the hills ahead.La niebla se hacía más espesa y ya no veía las colinas que había delante de mí.
b. hacerse más denso
The forest was thickening and Jane began to feel afraid.El bosque se hacía más denso y Jane comenzó a sentir miedo.
c. crecer
As the darkness thickened, Isabel began to panic as she still had a long walk home.A medida que crecía la oscuridad, el pánico se apoderó de Isabel, ya que todavía le quedaba un buen trecho para llegar a casa.
4. (to become thicker or coarser)
a. volverse más grueso
It's a condition that causes the skin to thicken.Es una afección que hace que la piel se vuelva más gruesa.
5. (to grow fatter)
a. engordar
When Jim next saw Meg, it was twenty years later and her waist had thickened and her hair turned gray but she still had a lovely smile.Cuando Jim volvió a ver a Meg, habían pasado veinte años; le había engordado la cintura y ya peinaba canas, pero aún tenía una sonrisa encantadora.
6. (to become more indistinct)
a. empañarse
Graham's voice thickened when he mentioned his late grandmother.A Graham se le empañó la voz al mencionar a su difunta abuela.
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thicken
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (sauce)
a. espesar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (fog, smoke, sauce)
a. espesarse
3. (hum)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
the plot thickensla cosa se complica
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thicken [ˈθɪkən]
transitive verb
espesar; hacer más espeso
intransitive verb
1 (Cookery) [+mixture, sauce] espesarse
2 [+darkness] aumentar; [+clouds, wood, jungle] hacerse más denso
her voice thickened with emotion se le empañó la voz de emoción or por la emoción
the plot thickens la cosa se complica
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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