A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to not have knowledge of)
a. to not know
Desconozco su domicilio actual.I don't know her current address.
2. (to not be familiar with)
a. to not know
Para los que desconocen a estos pintores, la exposición ofrece una oportunidad única.For those who don't know these painters, the exhibition offers a unique oportunity.
3. (to not identify)
a. to not recognize
Desconocí a tu mamá el día que me la encontré en el súper.I didn't recognize your mom the day I saw her in the supermarket.
4. (to not recognize as one's own)
a. to disown
El miedo empujó al testigo a desconocer la declaración que había hecho en el juicio.Fear pushed the witness into disowning his statement in the trial.
5. (to disregard)
a. to ignore
Los motivos que lo orillaron al crimen no deben desconocerse.The reasons that led him to commit the crime should not be ignored.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (ignorar)
a. not to know
desconozco quién es/dónde trabajaI don't know who he is/where he works
se desconoce su paraderoher whereabouts are unknown
por causas que aún se desconocenfor reasons as yet unknown o which are still unknown
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transitive verb
1 (ignorar) not to know; be ignorant of
desconocen los principios fundamentales they don't know the basic principles; they are ignorant of the basic principles; no desconozco que ... I am not unaware that ...
2 (no reconocer) [+persona] not to recognize; [+obra] to disown
el poeta desconoció la obra the poet disowned the work; desconocer la autoridad del gobierno to refuse to recognize the government's authority
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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