An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to doze off)
a. to nod off
La película me pareció entretenida, pero mi esposa estaba cabeceando.I thought the movie was entertaining, but my wife was nodding off.
La conferencia estaba tan aburrida que estuve cabeceando todo el tiempo.The conference was so boring that I kept nodding off the whole time.
2. (to move the head)
a. to toss its head (horse)
El entrenador dijo que el caballo cabecea porque quiere avanzar más rápido.The trainer said the horse tosses its head because he wants to go faster.
3. (to negate with the head)
a. to shake one's head
Le pregunté a Andrea si necesitaba ayuda pero cabeceó.I asked Andrea if she needed help, but she shook her head.
4. (to move to the side)
a. to pitch (ship)
El barco empezó a cabecear cuando subió la marea.The ship started pitching when the tide rose.
b. to lurch (vehicle)
Mi coche cabecea cada vez que cambio de velocidad.My car lurches every time I change gears.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
5. (to hit with the head)
a. to head
El delantero derecho cabeceó el balón y anotó el primer gol del partido.The right forward headed the ball and scored the first goal of the game.
6. (to blend wines)
a. to strengthen
Los vinicultores cabecean los vinos suaves con un poco de vino añejo.Winemakers strengthen smooth wines with a bit of vintage wine.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (dormitar)
a. to nod (off)
2. (persona; negando)
a. to shake one's head
3. (caballo)
a. to toss its head
4. (en fútbol)
a. to head the ball
5. (balancearse; barco)
a. to pitch
transitive verb
1 [+balón] to head
2 [+vino] to strengthen; [+vinos] to blend
3 (Cos) to bind (the edge of)
intransitive verb
1 (al dormir) to nod off; (negar) to shake one's head; [+caballo] to toss its head;
2 [+barco] to pitch; [+carruaje] to lurch; sway; [+carga] to shift; slip
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