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apretar

Translation of apretar in English:

transitive verb

  • 2 2.1 (apretujar) apretó al niño contra su pecho
    he clasped or 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 or 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 or pushed us really hard
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intransitive verb

  • 1
    (ropa/zapatos) (+ me/te/le etc)
    to be too tight
    el vestido le aprieta
    the dress is too tight for her or 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 (Chile) (Mexico)
    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
  • 5 (Chile) [colloquial] (irse)todos apretaron a la salida
    everyone made a dash for or ran for the door [colloquial]
    tuvimos que salir apretando
    we had to make a run for it [colloquial]
    apretar a correr [colloquial]
    to break into a run
    start running

also: apretarse pronominal verb

Example sentences
  • No escucharon los ruegos de nadie y apretaron el gatillo.
  • En el Grupo 2, la situación se ha apretado considerablemente.
  • Pocas naciones son eternamente plácidas si las aprietan demasiado.
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