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A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to go to sleep)
a. to go to bed
Suelo acostarme a las 10, pero hoy llegué a medianoche.I usually go to bed at 10, but today I got home at midnight.
2. (to recline)
a. to lie down
Se acostó en la arena y se puso la camisa en la cabeza.She lay down in the sand and put her shirt over her head.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to put to sleep)
a. to put to bed
Acosté a los niños y luego me acosté yo.I put the children to bed and then went to bed myself.
4. (to set down)
a. to lay down
Acuesta a la paciente y levántale las piernas.Lay the patient down and raise her legs.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (en la cama)
a. to put to bed
2. (nautical)
a. to bring alongside
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (irse a la cama)
a. to go to bed
4. (tumbarse)
a. to lie down
suele acostarse tardehe usually goes to bed late
5. (colloquial)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
acostarse con alguiento sleep with somebody
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transitive verb
1 (tender) to lay down
2 (en cama) to put to bed
3 (Náutica) to bring alongside
pronominal verb
1 (tumbarse) to lie down; (ir a dormir) to go to bed; (Latinoamérica) (dar a luz) to give birth
nos acostamos tarde we went to bed late; Pilar se acostó con Juan Pilar went to bed o slept with Juan; ella se acuesta con cualquiera she sleeps around; es hora de acostarse it's bedtime
2 (inclinarse) to lean; bend
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