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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to touch softly)
a. to pet (an animal)
A mi gato le encanta que lo acaricien entre las orejas.My cat loves to be petted between his ears.
b. to caress (a person)
La madre acarició la frente de su hija enferma.The mother caressed her sick daughter's forehead.
c. to stroke (hair, an animal)
Tiene la manía de acariciarse el pelo sin parar.She is constantly stroking her hair.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(to keep in the mind)
a. to cherish
He acariciado el sueño de convertirme en doctor desde que era pequeño.I've cherished the dream of becoming a doctor since I was young.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
3. (to touch softly)
a. to stroke
Tiene el hábito de acariciarse el bigote cuando piensa.He has the habit of stroking his mustache when he's thinking.
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
4. (to touch softly)
a. to caress each other
Se acariciaban con cariño mientras contemplaban la puesta de sol.They caressed each other lovingly while they gazed at the sunset.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (persona)
a. to caress
2. (animal, pelo, piel)
a. to stroke
la brisa acariciaba su pielthe breeze caressed her skin
3. (idea, proyecto)
a. to cherish
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (mutuamente)
a. to caress (each other)
se acarició el peloshe stroked her hair
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transitive verb
1 (hacer caricias) to caress; stroke; (sobar) to fondle; [+animal] to pat; stroke; (rozar) to brush
2 [+esperanzas] to cherish; cling to; [+proyecto] to have in mind
pronominal verb
acariciarse (uno al otro) to caress each other
se estaban acariciando en el asiento de atrás del coche they were caressing o fondling each other on the back seat of the car; se acariciaba la barba mientras pensaba en la respuesta he stroked his beard while he thought about the answer
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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