Translation of animar in English:
verbo transitivo/transitive verb
- 1 1.1 (alentar) to encourage; (levantar el espíritu) to cheer … up tu visita lo animó mucho your visit cheered him up a lot o/or really lifted his spirits animar a algn
a+ infinitivo/infinitiveto encourage sb to + infinitivo/infinitiveme animó a presentarme al concurso he encouraged me to enter the competition animar a algn a que+ subjuntivo/subjunctiveto encourage sb to + infinitivo/infinitivetraté de animarlo a que continuara I tried to encourage him to carry on 1.2 (dar vida a, alegrar) [fiesta/reunión] to liven up los niños animan mucho la casa the children really liven the house up el vino empezaba a animarlos the wine was beginning to liven them up o/or to make them more lively 1.3 (con luces, colores) to brighten up las luces y los adornos animan las calles en Navidad lights and decorations brighten up the streets at Christmas
- 3 (impulsar) to inspire los principios que animaron su ideología the principles which inspired their ideology no nos anima ningún afán de lucro we are not driven o/or motivated by any desire for profit
verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (animarse)
- 1.1 (alegrarse, cobrar vida) [fiesta/reunión] to liven up, warm up, get going; [persona] to liven up, come to life 1.2 (cobrar ánimos) to cheer up se animó mucho al vernos she cheered up o brightened up o [familiar/colloquial] perked up a lot when she saw usanimarse
a+ infinitivo/infinitivesi me animo a salir te llamo if I decide to go out o/or if I feel like going out, I'll call you ¿no se anima nadie a ir? doesn't anyone feel like going?, doesn't anyone want to go? 1.3 (atreverse)animarse a+ infinitivo/infinitive¿quién se anima a planteárselo al jefe? who's going to be brave enough o/or who's going to be the one to tackle the boss about it? [familiar/colloquial] yo no me animo a tirarme del trampolín I can't bring myself to o/or I don't dare dive off the springboard a ver si te animas a hacerlo why don't you have a go? al final me animé a confesárselo I finally plucked up the courage to tell her
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