Quick answer
"Worry" is a reflexive verb which is often translated as "preocuparse", and "be worried" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "estar preocupado". Learn more about the difference between "worry" and "be worried" below.
worry(
wuh
-
ri
)
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to be concerned)
a. preocuparse
Calm down! You worry too much.¡Cálmate! Te preocupas demasiado.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to cause distress)
a. preocupar
The little things in life don't worry me.Las cosas pequeñas de la vida no me preocupan.
3. (to bother)
a. molestar
He didn't want to worry anyone with his problems, so he decided to see a therapist.No quiso molestar a nadie con sus problemas, así que decidió ver a un terapeuta.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (concern)
a. la preocupación
(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 prefer to live the easy life, without any worries.Prefiero vivir la vida fácil, sin preocupaciones.
5. (anxiety)
a. la inquietud
(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).
She is consumed with worry over the impending decision.Está consumida por la inquietud de la decisión inminente.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
be worried(
bi
 
wuh
-
rid
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to be anxious)
a. estar preocupado
I was worried because we hadn't heard anything from Omar in a week.Estaba preocupado porque no habíamos oído nada de Omar desde hacía una semana.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
2. (imperative)
a. preocúpate
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Be worried if the needle on the gauge gets into the red.Preocúpate si la aguja del indicador entra en la zona roja.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
SpanishDict is the world's most popular Spanish-English dictionary, translation, and learning website.
© Curiosity Media Inc.  |  Ver en español
SOCIAL NETWORKS
APPS