A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to call into question)
a. to dispute
No disputo tu derecho al trono, Carlos, pero creo que nuestro hermano menor gobernaría mejor.I don't dispute your right to the throne, Carlos, but I think our younger brother would be a better ruler.
2. (to debate)
a. to discuss
La familia se sentó a disputar un tema muy controvertido.The family sat down to discuss a controversial issue.
3. (to contend)
a. to compete for
María y yo disputamos el trofeo, pero ninguna lo consiguió.Maria and I competed for the trophy, but neither of us won it.
4. (sports)
a. to play
El famoso equipo de fútbol disputará un partido benéfico contra un equipo local.The famous soccer team will play a charity match against a local team.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to debate)
a. to discuss
Yo no disputo sobre temas políticos con mis amigos porque siempre acabamos enfadados.I don't discuss politics with my friends because we always end up angry at each other.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
6. (to contend for)
a. to dispute
La pareja se disputa la custodia de su hijo.The couple is disputing custody of their son.
b. to fight for
Los periodistas se disputan el premio al mejor programa de televisión.The journalists are fighting for the award for best TV show.
7. (sports)
a. to play
El partido final se disputará en el país de quien gane hoy.The final match will be played in the country of the winner of today's game.
b. to compete
Los dos equipos de baloncesto más fuertes se disputan la victoria en este partido.The two strongest basketball teams will compete for victory in this match.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (cuestión, tema)
a. to argue about
2. (trofeo, puesto)
a. to compete for, to dispute
3. (carrera, partido)
a. to compete in
mañana se disputará la finalthe final will take place tomorrow
transitive verb
1 [+partido, encuentro] to play; contest; [+campeonato, liga] to play
diez equipos disputan la liga
disputar algo a algn to dispute sth with sb; le disputamos a mi tío la casa we disputed the ownership of the house with my uncle; we had a dispute with my uncle over the ownership of the house
nadie le disputa el cargo al presidente
intransitive verb
disputar por algo to compete for sth; cinco candidatos disputan por el puesto five candidates are competing for the job
ocho equipos disputan por el título disputar por un premio disputar por la victoria disputa con sus ex-socios por el local disputa con su familia por el derecho al usufructo
pronominal verb
1 (competir por)
ocho escritores se disputan el premio eight writers are contending o competing for the prize; los hermanos se disputan la casa familiar the brothers are disputing o in dispute over the family house
2 (Dep)
el Mundial se disputó en Francia the World Cup was played o contested in France; el partido se suspendió cuando se disputaba el minuto cuatro the match was suspended in the fourth minute of play
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