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Principal Translations
descansar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (reposar)rest viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Las vacaciones son para descansar.
descansar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (dormir)rest viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  sleep viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  take a nap vtr + n
 No hagas ruido que tu padre está descansando.
descansar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (estar enterrado)lay to rest v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  bury viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Sus restos descansan en Valencia.
descansar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (estar apoyado)rest viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 El tejado descansa sobre las vigas.
descansar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (estar sin cultivar) (agriculture)rest viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  lie fallow vi + adj
 Este año dejamos descansar la finca.
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WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014:

Compound Forms:
descansar en vi + prep (sustentarse una idea en algo) (idea)hinge on, rest on
tengo que descansar para estar a tope exprexpresión: Expresiones idiomáticas, dichos, refranes y frases hechas de tres o más palabras ("Dios nos libre", "a lo hecho, pecho"). (estar en buena forma)I have to rest to be at my best exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Tengo que descansar para estar a tope en la maratón de mañana.
 I have to rest to be at my best in tomorrow's marathon.
tirarse a descansar lay down to rest
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