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criar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (niños: alimentar, nutrir)  (child)rear vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (informal)raise vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  bring 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."
 Mi abuela crió a todos sus hijos con leche materna y siempre gozaron de buena salud.
 My grandma reared all her children on breastmilk and they were always all healthy.
criar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (animales: cuidar, alimentar)  (animals)breed, raise, rear vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Mi vecina cría gallinas y vive de la venta de sus huevos.
  His family's been breeding cattle here for the past 200 years.This sentence is not a translation of the English sentence.
criar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (educar, instruir: niños)  (children)bring 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."
  rear, raise vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Jesús y Cristina criaron siete hijos con amor y paciencia.
  My great-grandfather brought his children up like everyone else in the 19th century.This sentence is not a translation of the English sentence.
criar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (causar desarrollo de algo)breed vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 La carne descompuesta cría moscas.
 Rotten meat breeds flies.
criarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (persona: desarrollarse, crecer)grow viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Un niño no puede criarse fuerte y sano a base de pan y agua.
 Children cannot grow strong and healthy on nothing but bread and water.
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Compound Forms:
criar malvas loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). coloquial (estar muerto, enterrado)  (slang)push up daisies exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Hace años que murió y está criando malvas.
 She dies many years ago and she's pushing up daisies.
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