An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to move backwards)
a. to back up
¿Por qué ciaste cuando me acerqué? ¿Acaso te asusté?Why did you back up when I approached you? Did I scare you?
2. (to give up)
a. to back down
Daniela estaba muy entusiasmada con el proyecto, pero al final ció.Daniela was very excited about the project, but at the end she backed down.
3. (nautical)
a. to back water
Los remeros tuvieron que ciar para evitar la ola.The rowers hand to back water in order to avoid the wave.
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intransitive verb
1 (ir hacia atrás) to go backwards; back up; (Náutica) to go astern
2 (cambiar de opinión) to back down
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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