A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to incite to move)
a. to spur on
La jinete arreaba a su caballo para que galopara cada vez más rápido.The rider was spurring on her horse so it galloped even faster.
b. to urge on
El campesino iba arreando al ganado de vuelta a la granja.The farmer was urging on the cattle back to the farm.
c. to drive
Jacinto arreó a los bueyes hacia el corral.Jacinto drove the oxen to the corral.
2. (to rush)
a. to hurry along
Laura tiene que estar arreando a sus empleados para que hagan su trabajo.Laura needs to be hurrying her employees along so they do their job.
3. (to tackle)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. to harness
Quiero ir a montar, pero primero tengo que arrear a mi caballo.I want to go riding, but I have to harness my horse first.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(to hit)
a. to thump
¿Por qué lo arreaste? ¡Él no hizo nada!Why did you thump him? He didn't do anything!
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to plunder)
a. to loot
Los ladrones arrearon con toda la mercancía de la bodega.The thieves looted the merchandise in the warehouse.
6. (to keep walking)
a. to get moving
Tenemos que arrear si queremos llegar a tiempo.We need to get moving if we want to be there on time.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (azuzar)
a. to gee up
2. (propinar)
a. to give
arrear una bofetada a alguiento give somebody a thump
3. (poner arreos)
a. to harness
transitive verb
1 (estimular) [+ganado etc] to drive
2 (poner arreos a) to harness
3 (Centroamérica) (S. Cone) (México) [+ganado] to rustle
4 [+golpe] to give
intransitive verb
to hurry along
¡arrea! (muévete) get moving!; (repulsa) get away!; (España) (asombro) Christ!; well I'm damned!; (admiración) look at that!
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