errar
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errar(
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rrahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to fail)
a. to miss
Messi erró el penal y el partido terminó empatado.Messi missed the penalty and the game ended in a tie.
2. (to choose improperly)
a. to choose the wrong
El bailarín erró la pareja de baile y eso le costó la competencia.The dancer chose the wrong partner and it cost him the competition.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (not to hit)
a. to miss
El primer misil tierra-aire dio en el blanco, pero el segundo erró.The first ground-to-air missile hit the target, but the second one missed.
4.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(to stray)
a. to wander
Silvio erró por las calles desiertas toda la noche.Silvio wandered through the deserted streets all the night.
b. to roam
Estaba errando por la ciudad y descubrí un bar de jazz espectacular.I was roaming around the city when I discovered a great jazz bar.
c. to rove
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
El explorador estaba perdido y erró por el desierto durante horas antes de ser rescatado.The lost explorer roved through the desert for hours before he was found.
5. (to slip up)
a. to err
"Errar es humano", dijo Carlos, tratando de justificar su incompetencia."To err is human," said Carlos, trying to account for his incompetence.
b. to make a mistake
El científico erró en el cálculo de la concentración de sal en el agua y estropeó sus resultados.The scientist made a mistake when calculating the concentration of salt in the water and ruined his results.
6. (to lose attention)
a. to wander
Sus ojos erraban mientras soñaba con su viaje a Asia.Her eyes wandered as she daydreamed about her trip to Asia.
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errar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (vocación, camino)
a. to choose wrongly
2. (tiro, golpe)
a. to miss
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (vagar)
a. to wander
4. (equivocarse)
a. to make a mistake
5. (al tirar)
a. to miss
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errar
transitive verb
1 (equivocar) [+tiro] to miss with; aim badly; [+blanco] to miss; [+vocación] to miss; mistake
errar el camino to lose one's way
2 (en obligación) to fail in one's duty to; (in one's duty to)
intransitive verb
1 (vagar) to wander; rove
2 (equivocarse) to be mistaken
errar es cosa humana de los hombres es errar to err is human
pronominal verb
errarse to err; be mistaken
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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