Spanish edit

Etymology edit

Inherited from Late Latin appectorāre (undergoing metathesis in Old Spanish; compare similar occurrences in pretal, pretil, pretina), from Latin pectus (chest). Compare Portuguese apertar, Catalan apitrar.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /apɾeˈtaɾ/ [a.pɾeˈt̪aɾ]
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  • Rhymes: -aɾ
  • Syllabification: a‧pre‧tar

Verb edit

apretar (first-person singular present aprieto, first-person singular preterite apreté, past participle apretado)

  1. (transitive) to squeeze
  2. (transitive) to tighten, constrict or compress
  3. (transitive) to press (e.g., a button)
  4. (transitive) to pull (e.g., the trigger)
  5. (transitive) to grit (e.g., one's teeth), to clench (e.g., one's fist)
  6. (transitive) to push down (e.g., a toilet plunger)
  7. (transitive) to hold back
  8. (transitive) to hold on to something

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