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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to finger)
a. to touch
Palpó la olla caliente y se quemó.She touched the hot pot and burned herself.
b. to feel
Palpé sus manos y estaban heladas.I felt her hands and they were freezing.
2. (to feel about)
a. to feel one's way around
Cuando se fue la luz, palpé la cocina hasta encontrar una vela.When the lights went out, I felt my way around the kitchen until I found a candle.
3. (to recognize)
a. to feel
Aunque no esté presente en el partido, puedo palpar la energía del equipo.Even though I'm not at the game, I can feel the energy of the team.
4. (medicine)
a. to palpate
El doctor palpó el abdomen de su paciente.The doctor palpated his patient's abdomen.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
5. (to perceive)
a. to feel
Podía palparse el descontento entre la gente.You could feel the discontent of the people.
b. to be palpable
El temor se palpa en las calles desde los atentados.The fear on the streets since the bombings has been palpable.
c. to be felt
Se palpaba la expectación.A sense of anticipation could be felt.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (tocar)
a. to feel, to touch
2. (medicine)
a. to palpate
3. (percibir)
a. to feel
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (general)
a. to feel around
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transitive verb
1 (tocar) to touch; feel; (tantear) to feel one's way along; (amorosamente) to caress; fondle; especialmente (Latinoamérica) [+sospechoso] to frisk
2 (notar) to appreciate; understand
ahora palpa las consecuencias now he's really feeling the consequences; ya palparás lo que es esto one day you'll really understand all this
un sensor de momentos-fuerza que puede palpar por sí solo las fuerzas y movimientos en todas direccione quería palpar la América oculta
pronominal verb
palparse [+miedo, ansiedad] to be felt
se palpaba el descontento you could feel the restlessness; hay una enemistad que se palpa you can feel the hostility; the hostility is tangible
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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