enfrentar

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enfrentar(
ehm
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frehn
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tahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to deal with)
a. to confront
Las autoridades enfrentaron al sospechoso tan pronto como lo encontraron.The authorities confronted the suspect as soon as they found him.
Tienes que enfrentar tus miedos si quieres avanzar en la vida.You have to confront your fears if you want to advance in life.
b. to face
Debes enfrentar tus exámenes con mucho estudio y preparación.You should face your exams with lots of studying and preparation.
2. (to be positioned towards)
a. to face
Nuestra casa enfrenta a la plaza del pueblo.Our house faces the town square.
b. to put face to face
Enfrentamos las piezas de ajedrez antes de jugar.We put the chess pieces face to face before playing.
3. (to make enemies)
a. to set against
La guerra civil enfrentó a muchos hermanos.The civil war set many brothers against one another.
enfrentarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to brave; used with "a")
a. to face
Debes enfrentarte a tus miedos y abordar ese avión.You should face your fears and board that plane.
5. (to quarrel)
a. to fight
Los carneros son conocidos por enfrentarse para establecer su territorio.Rams are known for fighting to establish their territory.
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
reciprocal verb
6. (sports; used with "a")
a. to meet
Esta noche Barcelona se enfrentará al Real Madrid en la Copa del Rey.Barcelona will meet Real Madrid tonight in the Copa del Rey.
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enfrentar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (poner frente a frente)
a. to bring face to face
2. (hacer frente a)
a. to confront, to face
enfrentan el futuro con inquietudthey face the future with unease
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (general)
a.
enfrentarse ato confront, to face
se enfrentó a su enfermedad con valorshe faced up to her illness bravely
nos enfrentamos al enemigowe confronted the enemy
4. (dos bandos)
a. to meet, to clash
los dos equipos se enfrentarán por el campeonatothe two teams will play each other for the championship
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enfrentar
transitive verb
1 (enemistar) to set against
la herencia enfrentó a los dos hermanos the inheritance set the two brothers against each other o at loggerheads
2 (afrontar) [+dificultad] to face (up to); confront; [+realidad] to face (up to)
tienes que enfrentar el problema you have to face (up to) o confront the problem
3 (encarar)
este partido enfrentará a los dos mejores tenistas this match will bring together the two best tennis players; this match will bring the two best tennis players face to face
pronominal verb
enfrentarse
1 (pelear) [+personas] to have a confrontation; [+equipos] to face each other
Juan y su padre se enfrentaron durante la comida Juan and his father had a confrontation over lunch; hoy se enfrentan el Madrid y el Barcelona today Madrid and Barcelona are facing each other
2
enfrentarse a o con
[+persona] to confront
a pesar de inferioridad numérica, decidieron enfrentarse a las tropas rusas
se enfrentó a sus secuestradores he confronted his kidnappers; se enfrentaron al enemigo they faced o confronted the enemy; la selección de España se enfrentó a la de Italia the Spanish team came up against o faced the Italian team
[+problema, dificultad] to face (up to); confront
se niega a enfrentarse a la realidad he refuses to face (up to) reality; hay que enfrentarse con el peligro we have to face up to the danger
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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