Translation of estrechar in English:

estrechar

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

  • 1 [falda/pantalones] to take … in; [carretera] to make … narrower
  • 2 (apretar, abrazar) [persona] estréchame fuerte hold me tight la estrechó entre sus brazos he held o/or clasped her tightly in his arms, he hugged o/or embraced her me estrechó la mano he shook my hand

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (estrecharse)

  • 2 (recíproco) (apretarse) se estrecharon en un abrazo they embraced, they hugged se estrecharon la mano they shook hands

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.