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habrías definido
-you would have defined
Conditional perfectconjugation ofdefinir.
habrías definido
-you would have defined
Conditional perfectvosconjugation ofdefinir.


A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to provide a definition of)
a. to define
Primero, tuvimos que definir algunos términos confusos.First, we had to define some confusing terms.
2. (to portray)
a. to describe
Carlos definió el viaje como una experiencia maravillosa.Carlos described the trip as a wonderful experience.
3. (to characterize)
a. to define
La calidad es lo que define esta marca.Quality is what defines this brand.
4. (to arrange)
a. to establish
No hemos definido la estrategia que llevaremos a cabo.We haven't established the strategy we will follow.
b. to determine
Creo que tu actitud define tu futuro.I believe your attitude detemines your future.
c. to decide
Ya definimos la fecha y el lugar de la reunión.We've already decided the date and place of the meeting.
5. (to highlight)
a. to define
Puedes usar un lápiz delineador para definir tus ojos.You can use an eyeliner to define your eyes.
6. (art)
a. to define
Se puede usar un lápiz carboncillo para definir las formas.You can use a charcoal pencil to define the shapes.
b. to make sharp
Utilicé un lapiz blando para definir más las líneas.I used a soft pencil to make the lines sharper.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
7. (to characterize oneself)
a. to define oneself
Julia prefiere definirse como ciudadana del mundo.Julia prefers to define herself as a citizen of the world.
b. to describe oneself
Mi padre se define como comunista.My father describes himself as a communist.
c. to be defined
¿Por qué tengo que definirme por mi sexualidad?Why do I have to be defined by my sexuality?
8. (to clarify one's stance)
a. to define one's position
El partido tiene que definirse en este asunto.The party needs to define its position in this matter.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
La dirección se definió a favor de la fusión.The management came down in favor of the merger.
El presidente tiene que dejar de mirar los toros desde la barrera y definirse.The president needs to stop sitting on the fence and say where he stands.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (explicar, precisar)
a. to define
2. (describir)
a. to describe
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (general)
a. to take a clear stance
no se definió por ninguno de los dos bandoshe took neither side
el plan no acababa de definirsethe plan had not yet taken any definite shape
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transitive verb
1 [+concepto, palabra] to define
definió muy claramente el concepto
2 (calificar) to describe
definió el partido como aburrido she described the match as boring
3 (aclarar) [+actitud, posición] to define; [+contorno, silueta] to define; make sharp
nunca definió su postura respecto al problema el gobierno no ha definido sus líneas de acción
4 (establecer) [+poder, jurisdicción] to define; establish
esta ley define las competencias de cada administración this law defines o establishes the powers of each authority
5 (Informática) to define
pronominal verb
1 (calificarse) to define o.s.
se definió como liberal he defined himself as a liberal
2 (decidirse)
la comisión aún no se ha definido con respecto al tema the commission has not yet defined its position on the subject; the commission has not yet said where it stands on the subject; el gobierno se definió a favor del pacto the government came out in favour of the agreement
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