Translation of handle in Spanish:

handle

Pronunciation: /ˈhændl/

noun/nombre

  • 2 2.1 (title) [colloquial/familiar] to have a handle to one's name tener* un título 2.2 (name) [slang/argot] nombre (masculine)

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (touch) please do not handle the goods se ruega no tocar la mercancía handle with care frágil I'd handle it more gently if I were you, it's very delicate yo que tú lo trataría con más cuidado, es muy frágil Smith handled the ball (in soccer) Smith tocó la pelota con la mano 1.2 (manipulate, manage) [vehicle/weapon] manejar he has no idea how to handle a saw no tiene ni idea de cómo se maneja or se usa una sierra great care is needed in handling these chemicals se debe tener mucho cuidado al manipular estos productos químicos too hot to handle the situation was too hot to handle la situación era demasiado difícil or peliaguda
  • 2 2.1 (deal with) [people] tratar; [situation/affair] manejar he has no idea how to handle his staff no tiene ni idea de cómo tratar a sus empleados you have to handle him right hay que saber tratarlo he complained of being roughly handled by the police se quejó de haber sido maltratado por la policía to handle philosophical concepts manejar conceptos filosóficos he handled the situation very well manejó or supo llevar muy bien la situación you handled the interview very well te desenvolviste muy bien en la entrevista these decisions are best handled by professionals estas decisiones es mejor dejárselas a los expertos, de estas decisiones es mejor que se encarguen or que se hagan cargo los expertos you keep quiet, I'll handle this tú no digas nada, yo me encargo de esto 2.2 (cope with emotionally) [colloquial/familiar] [stress/tension] poder* soportar he can't handle the job no puede con el trabajo I can't tell him the truth; he couldn't handle it no puedo decirle la verdad; lo destrozaría
  • 3 3.1 (be responsible for) [business/financial matters] encargarse* or ocuparse de, llevar the department handling your case el departamento que se encarga or se ocupa de su caso, el departamento que lleva su caso 3.2 (do business in) [goods/commodities] comerciar con they were accused of handling stolen goods se les acusó de comerciar con objetos robados we don't handle their products no trabajamos sus productos 3.3 (process) the dockers refused to handle the cargo los estibadores se negaron a tocar el cargamento the airport handles 300 flights a day el aeropuerto tiene un tráfico de 300 vuelos diarios this port can handle container traffic este puerto tiene la capacidad para recibir contenedores the machine can handle any thickness of material la máquina sirve para tela de cualquier grosor computers can handle vast amounts of data las computadoras pueden procesar enormes cantidades de datos the body's ability to handle certain foods is impaired la capacidad del organismo para asimilar or procesar ciertos alimentos se ve afectada there's too much work for two people to handle hay demasiado trabajo para dos personas

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • responder this car handles well/rather awkwardly on bends este coche responde bien/no responde muy bien en las curvas

reflexive verb/verbo reflexivo

  • to handle oneself desenvolverse*

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.