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Preteriteél/ella/ustedconjugation ofengañar.
See the entry forengaño.
-I deceive
Presentyoconjugation ofengañar.


A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to lie to)
a. to deceive
Pudo engañar al público con su propaganda.He was able to deceive the public with his propaganda.
b. to trick
Me dijiste que no sabías jugar, ¡me engañaste!You told me you didn't know how to play. You tricked me!
c. to fool
No te dejes engañar con sus historias encantadoras.Don't let him fool you with his charming stories.
2. (to be unfaithful to)
a. to cheat on
Mi ex-novio me engañó con mi mejor amiga.My ex-boyfriend cheated on me with my best friend.
3. (to defraud)
a. to mislead
Me engañó vendiéndome una casa que no tenía derecho de vender.He misled me into buying a home that he did not have the right to sell.
b. to trick
Le dijo que estaba embarazada con el fin de engañarlo para casarse con ella.She told him she was pregnant in order to trick him into marrying her.
c. to cheat
El vendedor de autos usados me engañó.The used car salesman cheated me.
d. to swindle
Un estafador despreciable los engañó en la subasta.A despicable con man swindled them at the auction.
4. (to appease)
a. to curb
Como quedaban tres horas para la comida, decidió engañar el hambre con una merienda.With three more hours till dinner, she decided to curb her hunger with a snack.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to be misleading)
a. to be deceptive
El encanto engaña.Charm is deceptive.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
6. (to delude oneself)
a. to fool oneself
Te estás engañando si crees que realmente te van a pagar tanto. You are fooling yourself if you think they are really going to pay you that much.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (mentir)
a. to deceive
a mí no me engañas, sé que tienes cincuenta añosyou can't fool me, I know you're fifty
2. (ser infiel a)
a. to deceive, to cheat on
engaña a su maridoshe cheats on her husomebodyand
3. (estafar)
a. to cheat, to swindle
te engañaron vendiéndote esto tan carothey cheated you if they sold that to you for such a high price
engañar a alguien como a un chinoto take somebody for a ride
4. (hacer más llevadero)
a. to appease
engañar el hambreto take the edge off one's hunger
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (general)
a. to be deceptive o misleading
las apariencias engañanappearances can be deceptive
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
6. (hacerse ilusiones)
a. to delude oneself
se engaña si cree que…he's deluding himself if he thinks that…
no te engañes, ya no lo volverás a verdon't kid yourself, you'll never see it again now
7. (equivocarse)
a. to be wrong
transitive verb
1 [+persona] (embaucar) to deceive; trick; (despistar) to mislead; (con promesas, esperanzas) to delude; (estafar) to cheat; swindle
engaña a su mujer he's unfaithful to his wife; he's cheating on his wife; a mí no me engaña nadie you can't fool me; no te dejes engañar don't let yourself be taken in; logró engañar al inspector he managed to trick the inspector
necesito picar algo para engañar el hambre I need to nibble at sth to stop me feeling hungry; engañar el tiempo to kill time
intransitive verb
to be deceptive
las apariencias engañan appearances are misleading
pronominal verb
1 (equivocarse) to be wrong; be mistaken
en eso te engañas you're wrong there
2 (ocultarse la verdad) to delude o.s.; fool o.s.
no te engañes don't kid yourself
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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