A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to look down on)
a. to scorn
La maestra te menospreciará si se entera de que has hecho trampa en el examen.The teacher will scorn you if she finds out that you have cheated on the exam.
b. to despise
Míriam menospreció el collar que el novio de su madre le dio.Miriam despised the necklace that her mother's boyfriend gave her.
2. (to belittle)
a. to underestimate
El personaje más menospreciado del libro acabó siendo el héroe de la trama.The most underestimated character in the book ended up being the hero of the plot.
b. to undervalue
Que no te demos un salario competitivo, no significa que menospreciemos tu trabajo.Although we don't give you a competitive salary, that doesn't mean that we undervalue your contributions.
c. to underrate
Muchos críticos menospreciaron la película que al final ganó un premio Óscar.Many critics underrated the movie that in the end won an Oscar.
d. to put down
Estoy harta de que mi jefa siempre me menosprecie.I'm fed up with my boss always putting me down.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
3. (to belittle oneself)
a. to underestimate oneself
A Clara le falta confianza. Tiende a menospreciarse.Clara lacks self-confidence. She tends to underestimate herself.
b. to put oneself down
Creo que Jorge tiene un problema de autoestima. Es muy inteligente, pero se menosprecia constantemente.I think Jorge has a problem with his self-esteem. He's very intelligent, but he puts himself down all the time.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (despreciar)
a. to scorn, to despise
2. (infravalorar)
a. to undervalue
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
transitive verb
1 (despreciar) to scorn; despise
2 (ofender) to slight
3 (subestimar) to underrate; underestimate
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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