dedicar

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dedicar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to offer in honor of)
a. to dedicate
Quiero dedicar esta canción a la mujer más bella del mundo.I want to dedicate this song to the most beautiful woman in the world.
2. (to allocate)
a. to devote
Dedico mucho tiempo a la crianza de mis hijos.I devote a lot of time to raising my children.
b. to use
Vamos a dedicar estas tablas de cortar únicamente a las verduras.We're going to use these cutting boards only for vegetables.
3. (to declare sacred)
a. to consecrate
El cura dijo que dedicará la nueva capilla el domingo.The priest said that he will consecrate the new chapel on Sunday.
b. to dedicate
Los monjes dedicaron la nueva biblioteca a santa Catalina.The monks dedicated the new library to Saint Catherine.
dedicarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to be employed as)
a. to do for a living
Mi tío se dedica a la crianza de ganado.My uncle raises cattle for a living.
b. to work as
Mi vecino se dedica a la plomería.My neighbor works as a plumber.
c. to be
Molly se dedica a la pintura.Molly is a painter.
5. (to pass time; used with "a")
a. to devote oneself to
El profesor se dedica a leer en sus ratos de ocio.The professor devotes himself to reading in his spare time.
b. to spend time with
Se dedica a sus hijos los fines de semana.She spends time with her kids on the weekend.
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dedicar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (tiempo, dinero, energía)
a. to devote
2. (espacio, cuarto, solar)
a. to use
este solar se dedicará a viviendasthis land will be used for housing
3. (libro, monumento)
a. to dedicate
dedicó al público unas palabras de agradecimientohe addressed a few words of thanks to the audience
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (a una profesión)
a.
¿a qué se dedica usted?what do you do for a living?
se dedica a la enseñanzashe works as a teacher
5. (a una actividad, persona)
a. to spend time on
dejé la empresa para dedicarme a mi familiaI left the company so that I could spend more time with my family
los domingos me dedico al estudioI spend Sundays studying
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dedicar
transitive verb
1 [+obra, canción] to dedicate
dedico este poema a mis padres this poem is dedicated to my parents; me dedicó una copia firmada de su última novela she presented me with a signed copy of her latest novel
dedico la siguiente canción a mi novia
quisiera dedicar unas palabras de agradecimiento a ... I should like to address a few words of thanks to ...; el festival dedicó un homenaje al actor the festival paid tribute to the actor
2 [+tiempo, espacio, atención] to devote; give; [+esfuerzo] to devote
dedico un día a la semana a ordenar mis papeles I devote o give one day a week to organizing my paperwork
dedica todos sus esfuerzos a combatir la pobreza dedicó todo su esfuerzo a los pobres
ha dedicado toda su vida a los derechos humanos she has dedicated o devoted her whole life to human rights; dedica este terreno al cultivo del tulipán he uses this land for growing tulips
el periódico dedicó gran espacio al asunto dedicaremos especial atención a la obra de Picasso
un programa dedicado a los deportes de invierno a programme about o on winter sports
3 (Religión) to dedicate; consecrate
pronominal verb
dedicarse
1 (como profesión)
dedicarse a: se dedica a la enseñanza he is a teacher; he's in teaching; ¿a qué se dedica usted? what do you do (for a living)?; se dedican a arreglar electrodomésticos they repair domestic appliances
2 (como afición)
dedicarse a: se dedica a ver la tele todo el día he spends the whole day watching TV; en el verano se dedicó a la cerámica he spent the summer doing o making pottery
por la tarde me dedicaba a pasear por el campo
¡dedícate a lo tuyo! mind your own business!
3 (entregarse)
dedicarse a to devote o.s. to; se dedicó completamente a cuidar de sus padres she devoted herself entirely to looking after her parents
el escritor se dedicó por entero a su obra
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