maltratar

maltratar(
mahl
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trah
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tahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to treat poorly)
a. to mistreat
El caballo daba señales de haber sido maltratado.The horse showed signs of having been mistreated.
b. to ill-treat
Los prisioneros tenían hambre, pero no habían sido maltratados.The prisoners were hungry, but had not been ill-treated.
c. to maltreat
Lo declararon culpable de haber maltratado los animales a su cargo.He was found guilty of maltreating the animals in his care.
d. to batter
Cuando era pequeña, su madre la maltrataba.As a child, she was battered by her mother.
e. to abuse
La alumna confesó a la orientadora que sus padres la habían maltratado.The student confessed to the guidance counselor that her parents had abused her.
2. (to misuse)
a. to mistreat
Me da pena ver a los niños maltratar juguetes tan caros.I hate to see children mistreating such expensive toys.
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maltratar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (pegar, insultar)
a. to ill-treat
maltrató a su mujer durante cinco añoshe mistreated his wife over a five-year period
la novela fue maltratada por la críticathe novel was mauled by the critics
2. (estropear)
a. to damage
maltratar
transitive verb
1 [+persona] (tratar mal) to ill-treat; maltreat; abuse; (pegar) to batter; abuse
2 [+cosas] to handle roughly
3 (also maltratar de palabra) to abuse; insult
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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