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. mandarse plough through

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

wait up (insep) Not go to bed because you're waiting for somebody. 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. quemar work off

walk on (insep) Continue walking. seguir caminando

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

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 somebody/something down] Wave your hands to make a vehicle stop. parar

wave off [wave somebody off] Wave to somebody as they leave. despedir see off

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. avanzar, avanzar Drag on, drag out

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 frequently 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 somebody over] Manage to make somebody 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. acabar End up

2 annoy [wind somebody up] Say or do things to annoy or make somebody nervous. meterse con

wipe out [wipe something out] Destroy completely. arrasar

wise up [wise up, wise up to something] (esp. AmE) 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

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. quemar, bajar, reducir walk off

work out 1 Go well. salir bien

2 understand [work something out] Mange 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. terminar, cerrar wind up

3 [wrap something up] Cover something in attractive paper. envolver

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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