acusar
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to blame; often used with "de")
a. to accuse
Nada ganas acusando a otros de tus fracasos.You won't gain anything by accusing others of your failures.
2. (legal; often used with "de")
a. to charge
El juez no encontró suficientes pruebas para acusar a José del crimen.The judge didn't find enough evidence to charge Jose with the crime.
3.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(to manifest)
a. to show
Ese llanto desesperado del bebé y su carita triste acusan el hambre que tiene.The baby's desperate crying and his sad face show how hungry he is.
b. to show signs of
Le dijimos a Pablo que se fuera a dormir. Sus ojos acusaban el cansancio del largo viaje.We told Pablo to go sleep. His eyes showed signs of exhaustion after the long journey.
4.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(to announce)
a. to acknowledge
Les estoy llamando para acusar recibo de los documentos que ustedes me enviaron.I'm calling to acknowledge receipt of the documents you sent me.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to complain about)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to tell on
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Te estás copiando de mi tarea? ¡Te voy a acusar con la profesora!Are you copying my homework? I'm going to tell the teacher on you!
b. to snitch on
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Yo sé que fuiste tú la que me acusó con mi papá!I know it was you who snitched on me to my dad!
acusarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
6. (to admit blame; often used with "de")
a. to confess
No pudo más con la culpa y se acusó de haber robado el dinero.He couldn't stand the guilt, and confessed to stealing the money.
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
7. (to blame each other; often used with "de")
a. to accuse each other
Los dos países se acusan de haber violado la Convención de Ginebra.The two countries accuse each other of breaking the Geneva Conventions.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (to be visible)
a. to be apparent
Me da tristeza ver como la enfermedad ya se le acusa en el rostro a Mario.It makes me sad to see how Mario's illness is starting to be apparent on his face.
b. to show
La edad que tengo ya comienza a acusarse con estos achaques.My age is starting to show with all these aches and pains.
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acusar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (culpar)
a. to accuse
2. (law)
a. to charge
lo acusaron de asesinatohe was accused of o charged with murder
3. (mostrar)
a. to show
su rostro acusaba el paso del tiempohis face showed the passage of time
acusar el golpeto show the effects
su espalda acusó el esfuerzothe effort had taken its toll on his back
4. (recibo)
a. to acknowledge
acusamos la recepción del paquetewe acknowledge receipt of your package
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (mutuamente)
a. to blame one another
6. (uno mismo)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
acusarse de haber hecho algoto confess to having done something
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acusar
transitive verb
1 (culpar) to accuse
acusar a algn de algo to accuse sb of sth; nos acusan de racistas they are accusing us of being racists; acusar a algn de hacer algo to accuse sb of doing sth; le acusan de promover la violencia he is being accused of promoting violence
2 (Jur) (incriminar) charge
acusar a algn de algo to charge sb with sth; le han acusado de asesinato he has been charged with murder; acusar a algn de hacer algo to charge sb with doing sth; le acusan de malversar fondos he is being charged with embezzling funds
3 (mostrar)
el equipo empezó a acusar el esfuerzo
sus caras acusaban el cansancio tiredness showed in their faces; la empresa acusaba cierta desorganización the company was showing signs of disorganization
4 (registrar) to pick up; register
este sismógrafo acusa la menor vibración this seismometer picks up o registers the least vibration
5 (Correos)
acusar recibo de algo to acknowledge receipt of sth
acusó recibo de la factura
pronominal verb
acusarse
1 (confesarse) to confess
acusarse de (haber hecho) algo to confess to (having done) sth
2 (registrarse)
mañana se acusará un aumento de las temperaturas temperatures will rise tomorrow; tomorrow there will be a rise in temperature; esta deficiencia se acusa aquí claramente this deficiency is clearly noticeable here; this deficiency shows clearly here
esta tendencia se acusa cada vez más
Traducimos acusar (de) por accuse (of) en la mayoría de los casos:
Me acusó de haber mentido He accused me of lying
¿De qué me estás acusando? What are you accusing me of?
Traducimos acusar (de) por charge (with) cuando se trata de una acusación formal que llevará a la celebración de un juicio:
No lo han acusado de ninguno de los cargos He hasn't been charged with anything
Hasta ahora, la policía lo ha acusado solamente de uno de los asesinatos So far, the police have only charged him with one of the murders
El verbo indict tiene un significado parecido a charge, pero solo se usa en contextos legales muy especializados.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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