acobardar

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acobardar(
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bahr
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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 unnerve)
a. to intimidate
El boxeador alto y musculoso acobardaba a sus rivales.The tall and muscular boxer intimidated his rivals.
b. to make someone lose their nerve
Iba a decir algo, pero la mirada feroz de Alfredo me acobardó.I was going to say something, but Alfredo's fierce look made me lose my nerve.
acobardarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (to get scared)
a. to get scared
No me acobardé cuando el ladrón sacó un arma.I didn't get scared when the thief pulled a gun.
b. to get frightened
Muchos soldados se acobardaron cuando escucharon los cañones.Many soldiers got frightened when they heard the cannons.
3. (to lose one's courage)
a. to lose one's nerve
Uno de los candidatos se acobardó y no participó del debate presidencial.One of the candidates lost his nerve and didn't participate in the presidential debate.
b. to chicken out
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Todo la pandilla entró a robar el banco excepto Arnaldo, quien se había acobardado.The whole gang went in to rob the bank except Arnaldo, who had chickened out.
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acobardar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to frighten, to scare
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (general)
a. to get frightened o scared
acobardarse ante algoto shrink back from something
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acobardar
transitive verb
(intimidar) to intimidate; cow; (atemorizar) to overawe; unnerve;
pronominal verb
acobardarse (asustarse) to be intimidated; get frightened; (echarse atrás) to flinch; shrink back;ante from, at;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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