A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to see)
a. to make out
A medida que nos acercábamos a la finca, podía atisbar a un señor arreando a caballo su ganado.As we got closer to the farm, I could make out a man on a horse herding his cattle.
Los náufragos atisbaron un barco en el horizonte y lanzaron inmediatamente una bengala.The castaways made out a ship on the horizon and launched a flare right away.
b. to discern
Desde donde estaba, podía atisbar una figura solitaria en la distancia.From where I was, I could discern a solitary figure in the distance.
2. (to keep a watch on)
a. to observe
Cada vez que salíamos de casa, veíamos a nuestra vecina atisbándonos desde la ventana.Every time we left the house, we could see our neighbor observing us from her window.
b. to spy on
A través de la cerradura de la puerta, podía atisbar lo que ocurría en la habitación contigua.Through the keyhole, she could spy on what was going on in the adjoining room.
c. to watch
El coronel atisbaba las idas y venidas en las trincheras enemigas con sus prismáticos.The colonel was watching the comings and goings in the enemy's trenches with his binoculars.
3. (to look furtively at)
a. to peep at
El profesor lo pilló atisbando el examen de otro estudiante, intentando copiar.The teacher caught him peeping at another student's exam, trying to copy from him.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (to look out)
a. to peep out
Mi tía atisbaba por la mirilla, tratando de averiguar quién hablaba en el descansillo.My aunt was peeping out through the spyhole, trying to find out who was talking on the landing.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (divisar, prever)
a. to make out
2. (acechar)
a. to observe, to spy on
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transitive verb
1 (espiar) to spy on; watch; (mirar) to peep at
atisbar a algn a través de una grieta to peep at sb through a crack
2 (lograr ver) to see; make out; discern (formal)
atisbamos un rayo de esperanza we can just see a glimmer of hope
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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