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
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in Pakistan
Find out how to write letters in Spanish, including advice on greetings, layout, endings...
A piñata is a hollow figure made of cardboard, or from a clay pot lined with colored paper. Filled with fruit, candy, toys, etc, and hung up at parties, people take turns to stand in front of them blindfolded and try to break them with a stick. They feature in Mexican posadas