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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (sports)
a. to tie
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El Barça y el Real Madrid empataron anoche.Barça and Real Madrid tied last night.
b. to draw (United Kingdom)
Si nadie marca un gol, empatarán.If somebody doesn't score a goal, they'll draw.
c. to draw level (during a game)
They drew level during the second quarter.Empataron durante el segundo cuarto.
2. (to reach a tie)
a. to tie
¿Quién será presidente si los dos candidatos empatan?Who will be president if both candidates tie?
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (sports)
a. to tie
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Con ese gol, mi equipo logró empatar el partido.With that goal, my team managed to tie the game.
b. to draw (United Kingdom)
Si empatan ese partido, será el tercero consecutivo.If they draw that match, it will be the third one in a row.
4. (to attach)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to connect
A ver si alcanza si empatamos estos cables.Let's see if it'll reach if we connect these cables.
b. to join
Para arreglar el agujero, vamos a empatar este tubo al que baja del fregadero.To fix the leak, we're going to join this pipe to the one comes down from the sink.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
5. (to connect)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
a. to join
Hubo un accidente ayer donde esas dos calles se empatan.There was an accident yesterday where those two streets join.
b. to meet
Las dos autopistas se empatan al pie de la montaña.The two highways meet at the foot of the mountain.
c. to meet up
Los dos ríos se empatan hacia el sur de la isla.The two rivers meet up toward the south of the island.
6. (anatomy)
a. to knit together (bones)
El día que me quitaron el yeso, el médico me dijo que los huesos se me estaban empatando muy bien.The day they took the cast off me, the doctor told me that the bones were knitting together really well.
7. (to date)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
a. to get together
Mi padres se empataron cuando tenían solo 15 años.My parents got together when they were just 15 years old.
b. to start going out together
Nos empatamos hace tres años y estamos juntos desde entonces.We started going out together three years ago and we've been together ever since.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (en partido)
a. to draw
2. (en elecciones, competición)
a. to tie
empatar a ceroto draw nil-nil
empatar a dos/tres (goles)to draw two/three all
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transitive verb
1 (Dep)
han quedado vencedores tras empatar dos partidos they eventually won after drawing two matches; acaban de empatar el partido they have just levelled the scores
2 (Latinoamérica) (conectar) to connect
3 (Caribe) (acosar) to bother; harass
4 (S. Cone) [+tiempo] to waste
intransitive verb
1 (Dep) (en partido) to draw; tie; (EEUU) (en carreras) to tie; have a dead heat
los equipos empataron a dos the teams drew two-all; los tres equipos quedan empatados a puntos the three teams are level on points
2 (en votación) to tie
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