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"Engañar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to deceive", and "timar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to swindle". Learn more about the difference between "engañar" and "timar" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to lie to)
a. to deceive
Pudo engañar al público con su propaganda.He was able to deceive the public with his propaganda.
b. to trick
Me dijiste que no sabías jugar, ¡me engañaste!You told me you didn't know how to play. You tricked me!
c. to fool
No te dejes engañar con sus historias encantadoras.Don't let him fool you with his charming stories.
2. (to be unfaithful to)
a. to cheat on
Mi ex-novio me engañó con mi mejor amiga.My ex-boyfriend cheated on me with my best friend.
3. (to swindle)
a. to mislead
Él me engañó vendiéndome una casa que no tenía derecho de vender.He misled me into buying a home that he did not have the right to sell.
b. to trick
Le dijo que estaba embarazada con el fin de engañarlo para casarse con ella.She told him she was pregnant in order to trick him into marrying her.
c. to cheat
El vendedor de autos usados me engañó.The used car salesman cheated me.
d. to swindle
Un estafador despreciable les engañó miles en la subasta.A despicable con man swindled them out of thousands at the auction.
4. (to appease)
a. to curb
Como quedaron tres horas para la comida, decidió engañar el hambre con una merienda.With three more hours till dinner, she decided to curb her hunger with a snack.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to be misleading)
a. to be deceptive
El encanto engaña.Charm is deceptive.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
6. (to delude oneself)
a. to fool oneself
Te estás engañando si crees que realmente te van a pagar tanto. You are fooling yourself if you think they are really going to pay you that much.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to defraud)
a. to swindle
La operadora me timó porque me cobró llamadas que en teoría eran gratis.I was swindled by the operator because she charged me for phone calls which in theory were free.
b. to cheat
El restaurante tima a los extranjeros cobrándoles más que a los del pueblo.The restaurant cheats foreigners charging them more than the locals.
c. to con
A ti te han timado; estos billetes son falsos.You've been conned. These notes are fake.
2. (to deceive)
a. to con
Mis amigos me timaron diciendo que habían quedado aquí, cuando en realidad no era cierto.My friends conned me telling me they were meeting here when they weren't.
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(to flirt)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. to make eyes at each other
Esa pareja lleva timándose toda la noche. Se nota que están enamorados.That couple has been making eyes at each other the whole night. You can tell they're in love.
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