Dictionary: letter A

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account for explain [account for something] (insep) (money, difference, actions) explain or give a reason for something explicar, dar cuenta

ache for/to want [ache for something, ache to do something] (insep) really want something morir por, tener muchas ganas de

act out 1 perform [act something out] (script, story) perform something or make it into a play expresar, representar

2 express (fantasy, frustration, instincts) express your feelings or ideas

act up (child, car, computer, injury, arm, leg, wound) behave badly, hurt or not work properly  play up portarse mal, dar fallos, doler

add in include [add something in] (cost, flour, figures) include something or mix it with something else añadir

add on include [add something on] include or add añadir

add up 1 make sense (insep) make sense tener sentido

2 calculate [add something up] (bill, expenses, figures, numbers) calculate the total sumar

allow for [allow for something] take something into consideration or make it possible tener en cuenta

answer back reply rudely reponder

answer for (insep) (actions, behaviour) take the responsibility for something wrong you have done rendir cuentas

apply for [answer for something] (insep) (job, permit, permission, grant, scholarship, loan) fill in a form or write a formal letter asking for something solicitar

ask after [ask after somebody] (insep) inquire how somebody is doing preguntar por

ask about/around (insep) make inquiries indagar

ask for [ask for something] (help, receipt, trouble) request something pedir

ask in [ask somebody in] invite someone into your house, office etc hacer entrar

ask out [ask somebody out] ask somebody to go to the theatre, a restaurant, etc, with you take out pedir salir

ask over [ask somebody over] invite somebody to your house invitar a casa de uno

ask round [ask somebody round] invite somebody to your house invitar a casa de uno

auction off [auction something off] (furniture) get rid of something by selling it at an auction subastar

 

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