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avivar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (dar fuerza a algo)intensify, heighten, sharpen vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (figurative)stoke vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  strengthen vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El paso de las horas avivaba su deseo de verla.
 The hours that passed intensified his desire to see her.
avivar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (hacer que arda) (restart)rekindle vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (fire: agitate coals)stir vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (add combustible matter)stoke, fuel vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Abre la puerta para avivar el fuego con la entrada de aire.
 Open the door so that the incoming air rekindles the fire.
 He stirred the fire so that it wouldn't go out.
avivar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (acalorar, excitar) (persons: urge to do [sth])goad, spur vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  rouse, excite vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  stir up, work up vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
 El discurso del líder avivaba a sus seguidores para continuar.
 The leader's talk goaded (or: spurred) his followers to keep going.
avivar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (dar colorido)brighten up, liven up vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
 Usó colores fuertes para avivar el cuadro.
 He used strong colors to brighten up (or: liven up) the painting.
avivarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (cobrar fuerza, energía) (grow more intense)intensify viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  increase, grow viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Según pasaban las horas, se avivaba el nerviosismo de la familia.
 With passing hours, the nervousness of the family intensified.
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Compound Forms:
avivar el fuego loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). figurado (hacer más intenso) (figurative)stoke the fire vtr + n
avivar las brasas loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). figurado (intensificar algo) (figurative: desire, love)stir up the embers v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
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