empeorar

empeorar(
ehm
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peh
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oh
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rahr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to decline)
a. to get worse
El día ya comenzó mal, y luego empeoró cuando se me rompió la pierna.The day started badly, and then it got worse when I broke my leg.
b. to deteriorate
Su salud sigue empeorando, y los médicos ya no saben qué hacer.Her health continues to deteriorate, and the doctors just don't know what to do.
c. to worsen
Se espera que la calidad del aire empeore durante toda la semana.The air quality is expected to worsen throughout the week.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (to aggravate)
a. to make worse
La visita al psicólogo solo sirvió para empeorar su obsesividad.The visit to the psychologist only served to make his obsessiveness worse.
b. to worsen
Solo empeoras la situación al fingir que todo está bien.You only worsen the situation by pretending that everything is fine.
empeorarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (to decline)
a. to worsen
La situación en el país sólo se empeoró bajo el nuevo gobierno.The situation in the country only worsened under the new government.
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empeorar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (general)
a. to get worse, to deteriorate
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (general)
a. to make worse
empeorar
transitive verb
to make worse; worsen
intransitive verb
pronominal verb
empeorarse to get worse; worsen
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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