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"Define" is a form of "definir", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to define". "Mean" is a form of "mear", an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to piss". Learn more about the difference between "define" and "mean" below.
definir(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to provide a definition of)
a. to define
Primero, tuvimos que definir algunos términos confusos.First, we had to define some confusing terms.
2. (to portray)
a. to describe
Carlos definió el viaje como una experiencia maravillosa.Carlos described the trip as a wonderful experience.
3. (to characterize)
a. to define
La calidad es lo que define esta marca.Quality is what defines this brand.
4. (to arrange)
a. to establish
No hemos definido la estrategia que llevaremos a cabo.We haven't established the strategy we will follow.
b. to determine
Creo que tu actitud define tu futuro.I believe your attitude detemines your future.
c. to decide
Ya definimos la fecha y el lugar de la reunión.We've already decided the date and place of the meeting.
5. (to highlight)
a. to define
Puedes usar un lápiz delineador para definir tus ojos.You can use an eyeliner to define your eyes.
6. (art)
a. to define
Se puede usar un lápiz carboncillo para definir las formas.You can use a charcoal pencil to define the shapes.
b. to make sharp
Utilicé un lapiz blando para definir más las líneas.I used a soft pencil to make the lines sharper.
definirse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
7. (to characterize oneself)
a. to define oneself
Julia prefiere definirse como ciudadana del mundo.Julia prefers to define herself as a citizen of the world.
b. to describe oneself
Mi padre se define como comunista.My father describes himself as a communist.
c. to be defined
¿Por qué tengo que definirme por mi sexualidad?Why do I have to be defined by my sexuality?
8. (to clarify one's stance)
a. to define one's position
El partido tiene que definirse en este asunto.The party needs to define its position in this matter.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
La dirección se definió a favor de la fusión.The management came down in favor of the merger.
El presidente tiene que dejar de mirar los toros desde la barrera y definirse.The president needs to stop sitting on the fence and say where he stands.
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mear
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(to urinate)
a. to piss
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
No puedes mear en la calle.You can't piss in the street.
b. to take a piss
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Jorge dijo que tenía que mear.Jorge said he needed to take a piss.
c. to have a piss
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(United Kingdom)
Pedro fue a mear pero aún no regresó.Pedro went off to have a piss but hasn't come back yet.
d. to pee
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
No pudo mear por culpa de la anestesia.He hasn't been able to pee because of the anesthetic.
mearse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(to urinate on oneself)
a. to piss oneself
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Gabriel está a punto de mearse.Gabriel is about to piss himself.
b. to pee oneself
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Casi me meo buscando el baño.I nearly peed myself looking for the bathroom.
c. to wet oneself
Me voy a mear si no encontramos un área de descanso dentro de poco.I'm going to wet myself if we don't find a rest area soon.
d. to wet
La niña se meó en la cama.The little girl wet the bed.
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