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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to feel satisfaction in)
a. to please
Hay muchas cosas que siempre tenemos que hacer para complacer al cliente.There are a lot of things that we always have to do to please the customer.
b. to placate
No me complazcas; quiero tu opinión honesta.Don't placate me; I want your honest opinion.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
2. (to feel satisfaction)
a. to take pleasure in
La monja siempre debe complacerse en ayudar a los demás.Nuns should always take pleasure in helping other people.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to please
me complace anunciar…I am pleased to announce…
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (general)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
complacerse en hacer algoto take pleasure in doing something
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transitive verb
1 (gen) to please; [+cliente] to help; oblige; [+jefe] to humour
nos complace anunciarles ... we are pleased to announce ...; ¿en qué puedo complacerle? (Com) can I help you?; what can I do for you?
2 [+deseo] to indulge; gratify
pronominal verb
complacerse en hacer algo to take pleasure in doing sth; el Banco se complace en comunicar a su clientela que ... the bank is pleased to inform its customers that ...
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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