A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to content)
a. to keep happy
Si quieres contentar a tu hermano tendrás que dejarle jugar con la consola.If you want to keep your brother happy you'll have to let him play with the game console.
b. to please
Hará lo que sea con tal de contentar a su nueva chica.He'll do anything to please his new girlfriend.
c. to satisfy
Tuvimos que cumplir ciertos requisitos para contentar a los financistas del proyecto.We had to meet certain requirements in order to satisfy the people financing the project.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (to resign oneself)
a. to content oneself
Como no tenía hermanos, el niño se contentaba con jugar solo.As he had no brothers or sisters, the child contented himself with playing on his own.
b. to be happy
La mayoría se contenta con las cosas tal como son.The majority is happy with the way things are.
c. to settle
Sara se tuvo que contentar con un carro muy viejo porque no tenía dinero para más.Sara had to settle for an old car because she couldn't afford a newer one.
d. to make do
Nos tuvimos que contentar con la peor mesa del restaurante.We had to make do with the worst table in the restaurant.
3. (to resolve differences)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to reconcile
Ana y Gabriel se contentaron y prometieron no volver a echarse nada en cara.Ana and Gabriel reconciled and promised not to reproach each other for anything again.
b. to be reconciled
Mi hermano y yo nos contentamos después de pedirnos perdón mutuamente.My brother and I were reconciled after apologizing to each other.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to please, to keep happy
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (general)
contentarse conto make do with, to be satisfied with
transitive verb
1 (complacer) [+persona] to please; [+deseo] to satisfy
decidió casarse para contentar a su familia he decided to get married to please his family
no podemos contentar a todo el mundo una decisión para contentar a unos y a otros contentar a todos una persona fácil de contentar una persona difícil de contentar
contentar los deseos de todos to satisfy everyone's wishes; para contentar al cliente to keep the customer happy
un descuento para contentar al cliente
2 (Latinoamérica) (reconciliar)
contentar a dos personas to reconcile two people
3 (Com) to endorse
pronominal verb
contentarse con algo: se contenta con cualquier cosa he's happy with anything; Israel no se contentó con esa enmienda Israel was not satisfied with that amendment; no quedaba vino, y me tuve que contentar con agua there was no wine left so I had to make do with water; el atleta se tuvo que contentar con un segundo puesto the athlete had to be content with o had to settle for second place
se tuvo que contentar con unos días en la playa tendrá que contentarse con ser mero espectador
no se contenta con orientarme, sino que trata de controlarme he's not content with just giving me guidance, he tries to control me; me contento con saber que estás bien I'm happy just knowing that you are all right
se contentaban con saber que el otro estaba alli
me contento con que lo termines a tiempo I'll be happy if you just finish it on time
no hace falta que me regales nada, me contento con que vengas
2 (Latinoamérica) (reconciliarse)
contentarse con algn to become reconciled with sb
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