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"Zambullirse" is a pronominal verb which is often translated as "to dive", and "teñir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to dye". Learn more about the difference between "zambullirse" and "teñir" below.
zambullirse(
sahm
-
boo
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yeer
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seh
)
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to jump into water)
a. to dive
Lisa se zambulló en la parte honda de la piscina y casi se ahoga.Lisa dove into the deep end of the pool and almost drowned.
2. (to submerge oneself)
a. to duck
¡Aguanta la respiración y zambúllete debajo del agua!Hold your breath and duck underwater!
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to engross oneself)
a. to submerge oneself
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Se zambulló en su libro y no se dio cuenta que todos nos fuimos.He submerged himself in his book and didn't notice that we all left.
b. to immerse oneself
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Viajar te da la oportunidad de zambullirte en una cultura extranjera.Travelling gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture.
zambullir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to submerge in water)
a. to dip
Zambulle las rebanadas de manzana en agua con limón para mantenerlas frescas.Dip the apple slices in water with lemon to keep them from yellowing.
b. to duck
Es mejor zambullir la cabeza en el agua cuando nadas.It's better to duck your head underwater when you swim.
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teñir(
teh
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nyeer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to change the color of)
a. to dye
Me gustó la camisa, pero no la tenían del color que quería, así que decidí teñirla.I liked the shirt, but they didn't have it in the color I wanted, so I decided to dye it.
b. to color (hair)
Mucha gente tiñe el cabello cuando le empiezan a salir canas.Many people color their hair when it starts going gray.
2. (to discolor)
a. to stain
Puse una camiseta roja con la ropa para lavar y ahora todos mis pañuelos están teñidos de rojo.I put on a red T-shirt in with the laundry and now all my handkerchiefs are stained red.
3. (to imbue)
a. to tinge
Para muchos, ese viaje estará teñido de nostalgia y pesar.For many, that trip will be tinged with nostalgia and regret.
teñirse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
4. (to color one's hair)
a. to dye one's hair
El color de su pelo no me parece natural. ¿Tú crees que se tiñe?The color of her hair doesn't look natural to me. Do you think she dyes her hair?
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to become colored)
a. to turn
Al atardecer, el cielo se teñía de rosa y malva.At dusk, the sky turned pink and mauve.
b. to darken
Su rostro se tiñó de furia.His face darkened with rage.
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