gatear

gatear(
gah
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to creep)
a. to crawl
El bebé está gateando debajo de la mesa.The baby is crawling under the table.
2. (to go up)
a. to climb
Juani gateó por el árbol y tomó la pelota.Juani climbed the tree and fetched the ball.
b. to clamber
No puedes gatear por ese árbol. Las ramas son débiles y se quebrarán.You can't clamber up that tree. The branches are weak and will break.
3. (to look for a romantic partner)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to be on the prowl
En el club, Juan nos dijo que rompió con su novia y que va a gatear esta noche.At the club, Juan told us that he'd broken up with his girlfriend, so he's on the prowl tonight.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
4. (to rub with nails)
a. to claw
El gato me gateó cuando lo estaba acariciando.The cat clawed me when I was petting him.
b. to scratch
¿Cómo te hiciste esas marcas en el brazo? - Mi mascota me gateó.How did you get those marks on your arm? - My pet scratched me.
5.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(to seduce)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to try to pick up
Te vi tratando de gatear a Dana. ¿La llevaste a tu casa? - No, ni siquiera me dio un beso.I saw you trying to pick up Dana. Did you take her home? - No. She didn't even give me a kiss.
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gatear
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (general)
a. to crawl
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gatear
intransitive verb
1 (andar a gatas) to crawl; (trepar) to climb; clamber;por up;
2 (Latinoamérica) to be on the prowl
transitive verb
1 (arañar) to scratch; claw
2 (hurtar) to pinch (familiar); steal
3 (Centroamérica) (México) (ligar) to try to pick up (familiar); (seducir) to seduce
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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