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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (not to obey)
a. to disobey
El comandante desacató las órdenes del general, pero ganó la batalla.The commander disobeyed the general's orders, but won the battle.
b. to defy
Si desacatas la autoridad del jefe, te despedirán.If you defy your boss's authority, you will be fired.
2. (to be impolite towards)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No sabía que estaba desacatando su tradición cuando no quise fumar la pipa.I didn't know I was being disrespectful to their tradition when I didn't want to smoke the pipe.
Los que desacataban al jefe eran excluídos de la tribu.Those who didn't respect the chief were shunned from the tribe.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (ley, regla)
a. to disobey
2. (costumbre, persona)
a. not to respect
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transitive verb
[+ley] to disobey; [+norma] to fail to comply with; [+persona] to be disrespectful to;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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