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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to hit the mark)
a. to hit the target
El arquero atinó, con lo que demostró su gran puntería.The archer hit the target, demonstrating his impressive aim.
2. (to guess correctly; used with "con" or "en")
a. to guess
Si atinas en qué estoy pensando, te doy un dólar.If you can guess what I'm thinking about, I'll give you a dollar.
b. to hit upon
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
No sé cómo atiné en las soluciones porque no soy buena para los crucigramas.I don't know how I hit upon the right answers because I'm no good at crosswords.
c. to come up with
Si atinas con el resultado de esta ecuación, tu profesor de matemáticas estará orgulloso.If you come up with the answer to this equation, your math teacher will be proud.
3. (to locate)
a. to find
Atiné con la casa a pesar de no tener la dirección exacta.I found the house even though I didn't have the exact address.
4. (to achieve)
a. to manage to
No atiné a encestar y mi equipo perdió el partido por un punto.I didn't manage to score a basket, and my team lost the match by one point.
b. to succeed in
María nunca atina a acordarse del nombre de la gente.Maria never manages to remember people's names.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No atino a hacer nada hoy: ¡tengo muchísimo sueño!I can't seem to do anything today. I'm really sleepy!
Juan estaba tan borracho que no atinaba a meter la llave en la cerradura.Juan was so drunk he couldn't put the key in the keyhole.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (adivinar)
a. to guess correctly
2. (dar en el blanco)
a. to hit the target
atinar a hacer algoto succeed in doing something
atinar conto hit upon
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intransitive verb
1 (acertar) to be right
siempre atina he always gets it right; he always hits the nail on the head; el médico no le atina the doctor doesn't know what's wrong with him; the doctor can't find out what's wrong with him; atinar a o con o en to hit upon; find; atinar al blanco to hit the mark
2 (conseguir)
atinar a hacer algo to succeed in doing sth
transitive verb
[+solución] to hit upon; find; (acertar) to guess right; (encontrar) to succeed in finding;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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