A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
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.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
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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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (desdeñar)
a. to scorn
2. (rechazar)
a. to spurn
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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 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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