despreciar
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despreciar(
dehs
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preh
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syahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to disdain)
a. to despise
Parece que me desprecian y no sé por qué.They seem to despise me and I don't know why.
2. (to refuse)
a. to reject
Desprecia la ayuda que le ofrezco.She rejects the help I offer her.
b. to spurn
Despreció el dinero que le ofrecía la mafia.He spurned the money offered to him by the mafia.
despreciarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to disdain oneself)
a. to despise oneself
Se despreciaba por haber dicho cosas tan crueles.He despised himself for having said such cruel things.
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despreciar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (desdeñar)
a. to scorn
2. (rechazar)
a. to spurn
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despreciar
transitive verb
1 [+persona] to despise; scorn
desprecian a los extranjeros they look down on foreigners
2 (rechazar) [+oferta, regalo] to spurn; reject
despreciar los peligros to scorn the dangers; no hay que despreciar tal posibilidad one should not discount such a possibility
pronominal verb
despreciarse
despreciarse de hacer algo to think it beneath o.s. to do sth; not deign to do sth
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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