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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to refuse to agree)
a. to deny
El escritor desmintió las acusaciones de plagio.The writer denied the plagiarism allegations.
b. to refute
El actor no pudo desmentir los rumores de su amorío.The actor couldn't refute the rumors about his affair.
c. to squelch
La imagen del empresario quedó manchada a pesar de haber desmentido los rumores de fraude.The businessman's image was tarnished despite having squelched the rumors regarding fraud.
2. (to say the opposite)
a. to contradict
Las pruebas desmienten las acusaciones contra el acusado.The evidence contradicts the accusations against the accused.
b. to belie
Los hechos desmintieron su aparente inocencia.The facts belied his apparent innocence.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to withdraw)
a. to backtrack
Cuando se supo la verdad, no le quedó más remedio que desmentirse.When the truth came out, he had no other choice but to backtrack.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (negar)
a. to deny
desmintió la noticiahe denied the report
2. (no corresponder)
a. to belie
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transitive verb
1 (negar) [+acusación] to deny; refute; [+rumor] to scotch; squelch; (EEUU) [+teoría] to refute; [+carácter, orígenes] to belie
desmentir rotundamente una acusación to deny a charge flatly
2 (llevar la contraria) [+persona] to contradict
intransitive verb
to be out of line
desmentir de algo to belie sth
pronominal verb
1 (contradecirse) to contradict o.s.
2 (desdecirse) to go back on one's word
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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