Dictionary: letter W

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wade in (insep) start doing something in a determined or forceful way meterse

wade through [wade through something] (file, paperwork, report) spend a lot of time doing some boring or difficult job plough through mandarse

wait about/around (insep) spend a long time doing nothing while you wait for someone or something matar el tiempo

wait up (insep) not go to bed because you're waiting for someone esperar levantado

wake up to [wake up to something] (danger, fact, threat, problem, truth) become aware of a problem or dangerous situation darse cuenta

walk away from 1 [walk away from something] leave an unpleasant situation instead of dealing with it desentenderse

2 not be hurt salir

walk away/off with [walk away with something, walk off with something] (prize, title, competition, medal, award, degree) win something llevarse

walk off [walk something off] (stress, anger, frustration, disquiet, headache, effect, pounds, kilos, excess weight, meal, lunch, dinner) get rid of it by walking work off quemar

walk on (insep) continue walking seguir caminando

walk over [walk all over someone] (insep) treat someone badly by making them do whatever you want pasar por encima

ward off [ward off something] (insep) (attack, blow, cold, danger, disease, illness, intruders, injury, hunger, evil spirits, fatigue) prevent something from happening fend off, head off, stave off prevenir, atajar

wash down 1 [wash something down] clean a place with a lot of water hose down lavar, baldear

2 [wash something down] drink something with food bajar

watch out for [watch out for something] (danger, difficulties, problems, pickpockets ) be careful with something tener cuidado con, estar atento

water down 1 [water something down] add water to a drink so it's less strong diluir, aguar

2 make something less extreme, forceful or controvesial suavizar, moderar

wave down [wave someone/something down] wave your hands to make a vehicle stop parar

wave off [wave someone off] wave to someone as they leave see off despedir

wear off (insep) (effect, excitement, feeling, pain, shock, novelty, distress, stiffness, numbness) disappear gradually remitir, pasarse, quitarse

wear on (insep) (day, meeting, night, time, afternoon, week) when something wears on, it passes slowly drag on, drag out avanzar, avanzar

wear out 1 be very tired cansarse

2 [wear something out] (clothes, shoes, boots, carpet, batteries, excuse, patience) be damaged because you have used something a lot gastar

weed out [weed something out] remove unwanted things or people deshacerse

ween off [ween off something] (insep) gradually stop taking some drug or medicine dejar

well up (insep) (tears, anger) start to show an emotion llenarse los ojos de lágrimas

weigh down be too heavy to carry or worry you agobiar, asfixiar

weigh up [weigh something up] (pros & cons, benefits) consider think about something carefully before taking a decision sopesar

wheel out [wheel something out] (arguments, statistics) use something too often used or heard before sacar, traer, salir con

whip up [whip something up] (interest, hatred, enthusiasm, opposition, passions, support, feeling, meal) try and make people have strongs feeling about something promover

win over [win someone over] manage to make someone like or accept you ganarse

wind down 1 Relax try to relax, usually because you are tired or after a long day of work relajarse, desconectar

2 [wind something down] gradually reduce activity until something stops completely reducir

wind up 1 end end in a certain situation or place end up acabar

2 annoy [wind someone up] say or do things to annoy or make someone nervous meterse con

wipe out [wipe something out] destroy completely arrasar

wise up [wise up, wise up to something] (esp. US) use your common sense and become more aware of things ser conscientes

wish away [wish something away] (problem) do nothing and hope that something disappears desear que desaparezca

wittle away [wittle away at something, wittle something away] (also wittle something down) (insep) (debts, savings) gradually make smaller reducir, ir reduciendo

work off [work something off] (stress, anger, frustration, aggression, disquiet, energy, headache, steam, effect, pain, pounds, kilos, excess weight, calories, meal, lunch, dinner, debt, loan) get rid of something by doing some form of exercise walk off quemar, bajar, reducir

work out 1 go well salir bien

2 understand [work something out] manage to understand something comprender

3 [work something out] (plan, proposal, agreement) plan something carefully or you arrange it planear

work up [work something up] (appetite, enthusiasm, idea, support, sweat, thirst, nerve) gradually develop something empezar a, abrir, dar

wrap up 1 (insep) put on warm clothes taparse, abrirgarse

2 [wrap something up] (job, agreement, deal) complete something in a satisfactory way wind up terminar, cerrar

3 [wrap something up] cover something in attractive paper envolver

wriggle out [wriggle out of something] manage to avoid something you don't want to do librarse, escabullirse

write down [write something down] write something on a piece of paper escribir

write out [write something out] (cheque, draft, plan, prescription) write something down in great detail or you complete the necessary information redactar, extender

 

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