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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to give food)
a. to feed
¿Alimentaste al bebé?Did you feed the baby?
2. (to give nutrition)
a. to nourish
Nuestro champú nuevo alimentará tu cabello.Our new shampoo will nourish your hair.
3. (to feed)
a. to fire (figurative)
La lectura alimenta la imaginación.Reading fires the imagination.
b. to fuel (figurative)
Ver el documental alimentó su deseo de ayudar a los animales maltratados.Seeing the documentary fueled her desire to help mistreated animals.
4. (to give fuel to)
a. to feed
Sigue alimentado el motor o el tren se detendrá.Keep feeding the engine or the train will stop.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to eat)
a. to feed on
Muchos murciélagos se alimentan de frutas.Many bats feed on fruit.
b. to eat
¿De qué te alimentas cuando estás en el bosque?What do you eat when you're in the forest?
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (dar comida)
a. to feed
tengo cinco hijos que alimentarI've got five kids to feed
2. (dar energía, material)
a. to feed
la lectura alimenta el espíritureading improves your mind
3. (motor, vehículo)
a. to fuel
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (general)
a. to be nourishing
los garbanzos alimentan muchochickpeas are very nutritious
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (general)
alimentarse deto live on
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transitive verb
1 (dar de comer a) to feed
alimentan el ganado con piensos they feed the cattle with animal fodder; tengo una familia que alimentar I've got a family to feed
2 (nutrir) to be nutritious o nourishing
la comida rápida no te alimenta nada fast food is not at all nutritious o nourishing
3 [+imaginación] to fire; fuel; [+esperanzas, pasiones] to feed; fuel; [+sentimiento, idea] to foster
ese tipo de comentario alimenta el rencor that sort of remark fosters resentment; sus historias alimentaron mi deseo de ir a Perú her stories strengthened o fuelled my desire to go to Peru
4 [+hoguera, horno doméstico, fuego] to feed; add fuel to; [+horno industrial] to stoke
el operario alimenta la máquina de o con combustible the operator feeds fuel into the machine
5 (Electricidad y Eléctronica) to supply
intransitive verb
to be nutritious; be nourishing
esta comida no alimenta nada this food is not at all nutritious o nourishing
huele que alimenta it smells delicious
pronominal verb
1 [+animal] to feed
se alimentan de carroña they feed on carrion
2 [+persona]
en este país se alimentan fatal people eat very poorly in this country; se alimenta solo de productos naturales she eats only natural foods; durante el naufragio se alimentaron solo de fruta while shipwrecked they lived o survived on fruit
3 (Mecánica)
el motor se alimenta de gasoil the engine runs on diesel
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