A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to utilize)
a. to use
La autora emplea un lenguaje muy metafórico en sus novelas.The author uses very metaphorical language in her novels.
b. to spend
Empleas tu dinero demasiado frívolamente. Tienes que ahorrar para el retiro.You spend your money too frivolously. You have to save for retirement.
2. (to give work)
a. to employ
Nuestra empresa emplea 12 ingenieros y un diseñador.Our company employs 12 engineers and a designer.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (to secure employment)
a. to find a job
Se empleó de fotógrafo para el periódico.He found a job as a photographer for the newspaper.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (usar; objetos, materiales)
a. to use
2. (tiempo)
a. to spend
emplear algo en hacer algoto use something to do something
si lo consigo, daré por bien empleado el tiempoif I manage to do it, I'll regard it as time well spent
le está bien empleadohe deserves it, it serves him right
3. (contratar)
a. to employ
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (en un trabajo)
a. to find a job
se empleó de camarerohe found a job as a waiter
5. (usarse)
a. to be used
6. (esforzarse)
emplearse a fondoto do one's utmost
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transitive verb
1 (usar) to use
puedes emplear cualquier jabón you can use any soap (you like); se emplea para abrillantar el suelo it is used to polish the floor; empleó todo tipo de artimañas para convencerla he used all sorts of tricks to convince her; siempre emplea una terminología muy rebuscada he always uses o employs very affected language
han empleado métodos poco convencionales ha empleado un método muy nuevo empleó ejemplos de mi libro` emplearon todas sus fuerzas para levantar la roca
emplear mal to misuse; ha empleado mal el término she has misused the term
¡le está bien empleado! it serves him right!
2 [+trabajador] to employ
la fábrica emplea a veinte trabajadores the factory employs twenty workers
3 [+tiempo, dinero] to spend; use
empleó toda la mañana para ordenar su despacho he spent the whole morning tidying up his office; ha empleado cuatro años en acabar la tesis it's taken him four years to finish his thesis; dinero bien empleado money well spent; emplear mal el tiempo to waste time
pronominal verb
emplearse haciendo algo to occupy o.s. doing sth; spend one's time doing sth
emplearse a fondo
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