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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 prepare)
a. to roll
Suelo fumar cigarros que lío yo mismo porque las cajetillas son más caras.I usually smoke cigarettes that I roll myself because the packs are more expensive.
2. (to bind)
a. to tie up
Asegúrate de liar bien el fardo antes de enviarlo.Make sure you tie up the bundle properly before sending it.
3. (to cover)
a. to wrap
Lié los vasos con un suéter para que no se rompieran durante la mudanza.I wrapped the glasses in a sweater so that they would not break during the move.
b. to wrap up
El asesino lió la manta al cadaver y luego lo tiró al mar.The killer wrapped the corpse up in a blanket and then threw it into the sea.
4. (to make difficult)
a. to complicate
Las mentiras de los acusados liaron la labor de búsqueda del desaparecido de la policía.The defendant's lies complicated the police's search effort for the missing person.
5. (to disconcert)
a. to confuse
Marta lió a Miguel con sus pistas y por eso él dijo la respuesta incorrecta.Marta confused Miguel with her hints and so he gave the wrong answer.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
6. (to get disconcerted)
a. to get confused
Dijiste que no me amabas y ahora dices que sí. ¡Me estoy liando!You said you didn't love me and now you say you do. I'm getting confused!
b. to get mixed up
Perdón, es que me lié. Sus nombres son similares.Sorry, I got mixed up. Your names are similar.
c. to get muddled up
Mi madre se lía con el celular porque no sabe usar el teclado táctil.My mother gets muddled up with her cell phone because she can't use the touch keyboard.
7. (to commence)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. to begin
Me lié a escribir postales sin darme cuenta de que no tenía sellos suficientes.I started writing postcards without realizing I didn't have enough stamps.
b. to start
Desde que te liaste a leer libros en francés has aprendido mucho.Ever since you started reading books in French you have learned a lot.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(to get embroiled)
a. to get mixed up
Laura no se quiere liar en los problemas de la familia de su marido.Laura doesn't want to get mixed up in her husband's family's problems.
b. to get involved
Si me lío en este asunto voy a salir perdiendo.If I get involved in this issue, I'll end up worse off.
9. (to have a flirtation)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. to have an affair
Sara y Mario se liaron en verano y ahora son novios.Sara and Mario had an affair in the summer and now they're together.
b. to hook up
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Ramón se lió con una australiana durante el viaje.Ramon hooked up with an Australian girl on the trip.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (atar)
a. to tie up
2. (cigarrillo)
a. to roll
3. (envolver)
liar algo ento wrap something up in
4. (involucrar)
liar a alguien (en)to get somebody mixed up (in)
5. (complicar)
a. to confuse
¡ya me has liado!now you've really got me confused!
su declaración no hizo más que liar el temahis statement only complicated o confused matters
6. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
liarlato mess things up
¡ya la hemos liado!, ¿por qué la invitaste?you've really gone and done it now, why did you invite her?
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
7. (enredarse)
a. to get muddled up
me lié y tardé tres horas en terminarI got muddled o confused and took three hours to finish
8. (empezar)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. to begin, to start
liarse a hacer algoto start o begin doing something
se liaron a puñetazosthey set about one another
9. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. to get involved
b. to have an affair
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transitive verb
1 [+fardos, paquetes] (atar) to tie up; (envolver) to wrap (up)
lía este paquete con una cuerda tie up this parcel with some string
2 [+cigarrillo] to roll
3 (confundir) to confuse
me liaron con tantas explicaciones they confused me with all their explanations; ¡no me líes! (no me confundas) don't confuse me!; (no me metas en problemas) don't get me into trouble!
liarla (provocar una discusión) to stir up trouble; (hacer algo mal) to make a mess of things; ¡la liamos! we've done it now! (familiar)
liarlas (irse) to beat it (familiar); (morir) to peg out (muy_familiar)
pronominal verb
1 (confundirse) to get muddled up
explícalo mejor, que ya te has vuelto a liar explain it a bit better, you've got all muddled up again
2 (sentimentalmente)
liarse con algn to have an affair with sb; get involved with sb; se ha liado con su jefe she's having an affair with her boss
liarse a nos liamos a hablar y se nos pasó la hora we got talking and we forgot the time; nos liamos a ver fotos y estuve allí toda la tarde we got to looking through photos and I stayed there all evening
liarse a golpes o a palos to lay into one another (familiar)
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