A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to make look smaller)
a. to make smaller
Lavar las prendas de lana con agua caliente las empequeñece.Washing wool garments with hot water will make them smaller.
b. to make seem smaller
La distancia entre el avión y la tierra empequeñece el paisaje.The distance between the plane and the earth makes the landscape seem smaller.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(to minimize)
a. to belittle
Algunos hombres empequeñecen las tareas domésticas como si no fueran esenciales.Some men belittle housework as if it wasn't essential.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (to shrink small)
a. to become smaller
Me parece que el chichón que tienes en la cabeza está empequeñeciendo.It looks like the bump on your head is getting smaller.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (quitar importancia)
a. to diminish
2. (en una comparación)
a. to overshadow, to dwarf
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transitive verb
1 (achicar) to dwarf; make (seem) smaller
2 (menoscabar) to minimize; belittle
intransitive verb
ha empequeñecido con los años she has got smaller as she has got older
las personas mayores empequeñecen con la edad
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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