A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to speak highly of)
a. to praise
Fue alabada por su servicio a la comunidad.She was praised for her service to the community.
2. (religious)
a. to praise
Cantaban y alababan el nombre de su dios.They were singing and praising the name of their god.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
3. (to brag; used with "de")
a. to boast
Siempre se alaba del gran atleta que se considera.He's always boasting about the great athlete that he is.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to praise
2. (colloquial)
¡alabado sea (el Señor)!thank heavens!
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (general)
a. to boast
se alaba de valientehe is always boasting about how brave he is
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transitive verb
to praise
alabar a algn de o por algo to praise sb for sth
pronominal verb
alabarse to boast
alabarse de to boast of being; se alaba de o por prudente he prides himself on being sensible
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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