ahuyentar

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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 scare off)
a. to frighten off
Los perros ahuyentaron a los coyotes que se habían acercado a la granja.The dogs frightened off the coyotes that had approached the farm.
El sonido de las llaves en la puerta ahuyentó a los ladrones.The jangling of the keys in the door frightened the thieves off.
b. to frighten away
El ladrido del perro guardián de la puerta ahuyentó al encapuchado.The watchdog's barking at the door frightened the hooded man away.
c. to scare away
Ahuyenté a las zarigüeyas, pero siguen volviendo.I scared the possums away, but they keep coming back.
2. (to get rid of)
a. to dispel
Gracias a la psicóloga, logré ahuyentar aquel horrible episodio de mi mente.Thanks to my psychologist, I was able to dispel that horrible incident from my mind.
b. to banish
Decidí preguntarle a Mario si me había sido infiel para ahuyentar las dudas.I decided to ask Mario if he had cheated on me to banish my doubts.
3. (to fend off)
a. to keep at arm's length
Prefiero ahuyentar a los chicos que son demasiado melosos.I prefer to keep boys who are too sappy at arm's length.
ahuyentarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to leave)
a. to run away
Escuché unos ruidos raros en el callejón y decidí ahuyentarme.I heard some strange noises in the alley and I decided to run away.
b. to stay away
Lucía se ahuyentó del lugar de los hechos para no ser considerada sospechosa.Lucia stayed away from the crime scene so as not to be considered a suspect.
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ahuyentar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (espantar, asustar)
a. to scare away
2. (fig)
a. to drive away
el elevado precio ahuyentó a los compradoresthe high price put buyers off
ahuyentar
transitive verb
1 (espantar) to frighten off; frighten away; (mantener a distancia) to keep off
2 [+temores, dudas etc] to banish; dispel
ahuyentar las penas con vino to drown one's sorrows in wine
pronominal verb
ahuyentarse to run away; (México) to stay away;
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