WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014:

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criar vtr (niños: alimentar, nutrir) childrear vtr
 informalraise vtr
 bring up vtr phrasal sep
 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 vtr (animales: cuidar, alimentar) animalsbreed, raise, rear vtr
 Mi vecina cría gallinas y vive de la venta de sus huevos.
 * His family's been breeding cattle here for the past 200 years.
criar vtr (educar, instruir: niños) childrenbring up vtr phrasal sep
 rear, raise vtr
 Jesús y Cristina criaron siete hijos con amor y paciencia.
 * My great-grandfather brought his children up like everyone else in the 19th century.
criar vtr (causar desarrollo de algo)breed vtr
 La carne descompuesta cría moscas.
 Rotten meat breeds flies.
criarse vpron (persona: desarrollarse, crecer)grow up vi phrasal
 Un niño no puede criarse fuerte y sano a base de pan y agua.
 Children don't grow up strong and healthy on nothing but bread and water.
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criar malvas loc verb coloquial (estar muerto y enterrado) slangpush up daisies v phrase
 Hace años que murió y está criando malvas.
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