A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to tell straight out)
a. to blurt out
"¡Cállate! ¡Eres una mentirosa!" espetó Natalia."Shut up! You're a liar!" blurted out Natalia.
b. to spit out
Mi hermano espetó una excusa para no ir a la cena.My brother spat out an excuse to not go to the dinner.
2. (to pierce)
a. to run through
El piquero espetó al caballero con su lanza.The pikeman ran the knight through with his spear.
3. (culinary)
a. to skewer
Juan encendió el fuego mientras yo espetaba los pescados que habíamos atrapado.Juan started the fire while I skewered the fish we had caught.
b. to put on a spit
Espeté los pescados y los cociné sobre el fuego.I put the fish on a spit and cooked them over the fire.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to grow vain)
a. to puff up with pride
Arnaldo se espetó cuando el jugador de tenis lo nombró como uno de sus ídolos.Arnaldo puffed up with pride when the tennis player mentioned him as one of his idols.
b. to become full of oneself
Raúl no se espetó cuando ganó el premio.Raul didn't become full of himself when he won the prize.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (palabras)
a. to blurt out, to tell straight out
2. (carne)
a. to skewer
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transitive verb
1 (atravesar) (gen) to transfix; pierce; run through; [+carne] to skewer; spit;
2 (realizar) [+orden] to rap out; [+lección, sermón] to read; [+pregunta] to fire
espetar algo a algn to spring sth on sb; broach a subject (unexpectedly) with sb
pronominal verb
1 (ponerse cómodo) to steady o.s.; settle o.s.
2 (envanecerse) to get on one's high horse
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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