Translation of nerve in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /nɜːrv; nɜːv/


  • 1 countable/numerable [Anatomy/Anatomía] [Botany/Botánica] nervio (masculine) 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/delante del nombre) [fiber/ending] nervioso nerve specialist especialista (masculine and feminine) de los nervios
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    • 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
    (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 tener* nervios de acero a war of nerves una guerra de nervios to get on sb's nerves [colloquial/familiar] ponerle* los nervios de punta a algn, crisparle los nervios a algn, sacar* a algn de quicio to live on one's nerves estar* en permanente estado de tensión 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 o bundle of nerves ser* un manojo de nervios, ser* puro nervio
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 3 3.1 uncountable/no numerable (resolve) valor (masculine), coraje (masculine) 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 or coraje or [colloquial/familiar] agallas para hacerlo 3.2 (effrontery) [colloquial/familiar] (no plural/sin plural) frescura (feminine) [colloquial/familiar], cara (feminine) [colloquial/familiar] you've/he's got a nerve! ¡qué frescura or cara tienes/tiene! to have the nerve to + infinitive/infinitivo tener* la frescura or la cara de + infinitive/infinitivo [colloquial/familiar] she had the nerve to ask me for it tuvo la frescura or la cara de pedírmelo [colloquial/familiar] what a nerve!, of all the nerve! ¡qué frescura or cara! [colloquial/familiar]
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    • 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/verbo reflexivo

  • to nerve oneself for sth armarse de valor para algo I nerved myself to face the boss me armé de valor para enfrentarme al jefe

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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.