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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to ornament)
a. to decorate
Ya se acerca la Navidad, así que tenemos que adornar la casa.Christmas is coming up, so we need to decorate the house.
Emilia adornó el jardín con luces de colores.Emilia decorated the garden with colorful lights.
b. to garnish (culinary)
Coloca el pescado en un plato y adórnalo con cilantro y lima.Transfer the fish to a plate and garnish it with cilantro and lime.
c. to adorn
Las monjas adornaron el altar con flores y velas.The nuns adorned the altar with flowers and candles.
d. to trim (a Christmas tree)
Mis hijos me ayudaron a elegir y adornar el árbol de Navidad.My children helped me pick and trim the Christmas tree.
2. (to enhance the beauty of)
a. to embellish
El escritor decidió adornar el diálogo con palabras extranjeras.The writer decided to embellish his dialogue with foreign words.
b. to adorn
El poeta adorna sus palabras con rimas y aliteraciones.The poet uses alliteration and rhymes to adorn his words.
3. (to bedeck)
a. to adorn
Una aldaba de oro adornaba la puerta principal.A gold knocker adorned the front door.
4. (to endow)
a. to be bless
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(in the passive voice)
A Simone la adornan unos ojos celestes hermosos.Simone is blessed with beautiful blue eyes.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to become more attracive)
a. to become decorated
Las calles se adornaron con banderas francesas y sonó La Marsellesa.The streets became decorated with French flags and La Marseillaise was played.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (decorar)
a. to decorate
2. (aderezar)
a. to adorn
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (general)
a. to be decorative
hace falta algo que adornewe need to add some sort of decorative touch
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transitive verb
1 (decorar) to adorn; decorate;de with; (Cos) to trim;de with; (Culin) to garnish;de with;
2 [+persona] (dotar) to endow; bless;de with
le adornan mil virtudes he is blessed with every virtue
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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