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American English: /nərv/
British English: /nəːv/

Translation of nerve in Spanish:


  • 1 countable (Anatomy, Botany) to strain every nerve
    hacer un gran esfuerzo or un esfuerzo sobrehumano
    to touch a (raw) nerve
    meter or poner el dedo en la llaga
    (before noun) (fiber/ending)
    nerve specialist
    especialista (masculine or feminine) de los nervios
    Example sentences
    • Once you're infected, the virus spreads from your muscle to your peripheral nerves to your spinal cord and brain.
    • The axons of both classes of interneuron enter the brain via the ocellar nerve, which also carries the axons of efferent neurons.
    • The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body.
  • 2
    also: nerves plural
    2.1 (emotional constitution)
    nervios (masculine plural)
    it has ruined my nerves
    me ha destrozado los nervios
    their nerves were on edge
    tenían los nervios de punta
    to have nerves of steel a war of nerves
    una guerra de nervios
    to get on somebody's nerves [colloquial]
    ponerle los nervios de punta a alguien
    crisparle los nervios a alguien
    sacar a alguien de quicio
    to live on one's nerves
    estar en permanente estado de tensión
    Example sentences
    • So at this precise moment where others would lose their nerve, bottle and audience, he did what separates mere amateurs from The Greats like himself.
    • While the 34-year-old golf unknown kept his nerve on a tough final day at Rochester, the shakers and movers of world golf crumbled behind him.
    • But it's so easy to lose your nerve and your voice to the people who are shouting the loudest, even if you know in your heart what they are shouting is garbage.
    2.2 (anxiety)
    nervios (masculine plural)
    nerviosismo (masculine)
    I had terrible nerves on the first night
    la noche del estreno pasé unos nervios tremendos
    the stock market is suffering from nerves
    hay cierto nerviosismo en la Bolsa
    I'm all nerves before an exam
    antes de un examen me pongo nerviosísima
    a sudden fit of nerves
    un ataque de nervios
    to be a bag or bundle of nerves
    Example sentences
    • I don't normally get stage fright or nerves before a performance but today I'm like a child on Christmas Eve.
    • First-night nerves aside, what she fears most is being left alone… without her Tim.
    • He was visibly, rather endearingly, anxious, shaking with nerves at some points; she kept erupting into fits of maniacal chuckles at some secret joke.
  • 3 3.1 uncountable (resolve) to lose/keep/regain one's nerve
    perder/mantener/recuperar el valor
    the race is a test of nerve
    la carrera es una prueba de aguante or resistencia
    it takes some nerve to do it
    hay que tener valor para hacerlo
    hay que tener coraje para hacerlo
    hay que tener agallas para hacerlo [colloquial]
    3.2 (effrontery) [colloquial] (no plural)
    cara (feminine) [colloquial]
    you've/he's got a nerve!
    ¡qué frescura or cara tienes/tiene!
    to have the nerve to + infinitive
    tener la frescura or la cara de + infinitive [colloquial]
    she had the nerve to ask me for it
    tuvo la frescura or la cara de pedírmelo [colloquial]
    what a nerve!, of all the nerve!
    ¡qué frescura or cara! [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • He, that horrible horrible man, had the nerve to nuzzle her neck!
    • Someone even had the nerve to ask me why I did what I did that morning, suggesting there was something odd or wrong in my daringly unconventional and intensely original appearance.
    • I haven't had the nerve to tell her I'm also crushing on him.

reflexive verb

  • to nerve oneself for something
    armarse de valor para algo
    I nerved myself to face the boss
    me armé de valor para enfrentarme al jefe
    Example sentences
    • She developed a particular interest in helping to update the Internet pages and she seemed to be nerving herself to buy her first computer so that she could get on the Internet at home.
    • I concentrated on an image of Autumn's exquisite, frightened visage, nerving myself.
    • They flinch at the sound of that laugh, but they keep edging forward, nerving themselves for the final rush.
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