- 1 1.1 [botón] to press, push; [acelerador] to put one's foot on, press, depress [formal]; [gatillo] to pull, squeeze 1.2 [nudo/venda] to tighten; [tapa/tornillo] to tighten apretó bien la tapa he screwed the lid on tightly aprieta el puño clench your fist apreté los dientes I gritted my teeth clavija, tornillo 1.3apretar el paso or la marcha to quicken one's pace o step 1.4 [letra] to squeeze together (AmE) to squeeze up (BrE) apretar los puntos to knit tightly
- 2 2.1 (apretujar) apretó al niño contra su pecho he clasped o clutched the child to his breast llevaba el osito apretado entre sus brazos she was clutching the teddy bear in her arms me apretó el brazo con fuerza he squeezed o gripped my arm firmly 2.2 (presionar) to put pressure on el profesor nos apretó mucho en los últimos meses in the last few months the teacher put a lot of pressure on us o pushed us really hard
- 1 [ropa/zapatos] (+ me/te/le etc) to be too tight el vestido le aprieta the dress is too tight for her o is very tight on her la falda me aprieta en las caderas the skirt is too tight around the hips ¡cómo me aprietan estos zapatos! these shoes are so tight!, these shoes really pinch my feet! ver tb zapato
- 3 (ser fuerte) a las tres de la tarde cuando el calor aprieta at three o'clock when the heat is at its most intense a primeras horas de la mañana el frío aprieta (Chi, Méx) in the early hours of the morning you really feel the cold cuando el hambre aprieta, la gente come cualquier cosa when people are in the grip of hunger they will eat anything
- 4 4.1 (esforzarse) to make an effort vas a tener que apretar en la física you're going to have to knuckle down o make more of an effort in physics 4.2 [profesor/jefe] to be demanding dios
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