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afanar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). vulg. (robar, estafar)steal vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (UK)lift vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (UK, colloquial)knick, pinch vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (US)snatch
 Le afanaron el bolso en un descuido.
 Her purse was stolen when she wasn't paying attention.
afanarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (esforzarse)make an effort, go to great lengths v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  (formal)endeavour viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Se afanaban para que no faltara de nada en la fiesta de cumpleaños de su hija.
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