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"Gaze" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "mirar fijamente", and "contemplate" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "contemplar". Learn more about the difference between "gaze" and "contemplate" below.
gaze(
geyz
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to look at with intention)
a. mirar fijamente
Gaze into the crystal ball and I'll be able to predict your future.Mira fijamente la bola de cristal y podré adivinar tu futuro.
b. mirar
You've been gazing out the window for the past hour. Are you paying attention?Te has pasado toda la hora mirando por la ventana. ¿Estás prestando atención?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (look)
a. la mirada fija
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His intent gaze pierced me like a knife and made me uncomfortable.Su mirada fija e intensa me atravesó como una navaja y me incomodó.
b. la mirada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I've noticed your gaze lingering all night. Are you going to buy me a drink?Llevo notando tu mirada toda la noche. ¿Me vas a invitar a una bebida?
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contemplate(
kan
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tihm
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pleyt
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to look at carefully)
a. contemplar
This summer I had the opportunity to contemplate the vastness of the Grand Canyon.Este verano tuve la oportunidad de contemplar la inmensidad del Gran Cañón.
2. (to consider the possibility of)
a. contemplar
I am contemplating moving to a new town to look for a job.Estoy contemplando mudarme a otra ciudad para buscar trabajo.
b. considerar
This decision is difficult, and I need some time to contemplate my options.Esta decisión es difícil, y necesito tiempo para considerar mis opciones.
c. pensar en
I am contemplating getting married, but I am afraid of commitment.Estoy pensando en casarme, pero tengo miedo al compromiso.
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