Translation of apoyar in English:
verbo transitivo/transitive verb
- 1 (hacer descansar) to rest apoya la escalera contra la pared lean o/or rest the ladder against the wall con la cabeza apoyada en su hombro with her head resting on his shoulder no se debe apoyar los codos sobre la mesa you mustn't put o/or rest your elbows on the table hay que apoyar todo el peso del cuerpo sobre una pierna you have to put all your weight on one foot
- 2 2.1 (respaldar) [propuesta/persona] to back, support ¿me vas a apoyar si me quejo? are you going to back me (up) o/or support me if I complain? no apoyamos la huelga we do not support the strike nadie la apoyó en su iniciativa no one backed o/or supported her initiative apoyar técnica y financieramente su desarrollo to give technical and financial support o/or backing for its development 2.2 [teoría] to support, bear out no hay pruebas que apoyen esta hipótesis there is no evidence to bear out o/or support this hypothesis
verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (apoyarse)
- 1 (para sostenerse, descansar) apoyarse
enalgo to lean onsth caminaba lentamente apoyándose en un bastón she walked slowly, leaning on a walking stick o/or using a walking stick for support se apoya demasiado en su familia he relies too much on his family (for support), he leans too heavily on his family
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