inventar
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inventar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to create)
a. to invent
Inventé un pretexto para que me diga su número de teléfono.I invented a pretext for getting her phone number.
b. to make up
Mi mamá inventaba un cuento para contarme cada noche a la hora de dormir.My mom made up a story to tell me every night at bedtime.
2. (to lie)
a. to invent
Lilia inventó que estaba enferma para no venir a trabajar.Lilia invented that she was sick so she didn't come to work.
b. to make up
Inventé una excusa para salir del aprieto.I made up an excuse to get out of trouble.
c. to concoct
El sospechoso inventó una coartada para explicar dónde había estado.The suspect concocted an alibi to explain his whereabouts.
inventarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to fabricate)
a. to invent
Se inventó un gran pretexto con tal de no venir.She invented a big excuse to avoid coming.
b. to make up
¿Ahora qué excusa se inventó?What excuse did he make up this time?
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inventar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (máquina, sistema)
a. to invent
2. (narración, falsedades)
a. to make up
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (general)
a. to make up
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inventar
transitive verb
(gen) to invent; [+plan] to devise; [+historia, excusa] to invent; make up; concoct;
pronominal verb
inventarse [+historia, excusa] to invent; make up; concoct
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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