morder
morder(
mohr
-
dehr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to cut with the teeth)
a. to bite
No despiertes al perro o te morderá.Don't wake the dog up or he will bite you.
2. (to eat away at)
a. to eat into
El mar muerde las piedras del espigón, gastándolas.The sea eats into the breakwater's stones, corroding them.
b. to corrode
El ácido de la batería había mordido elementos del motor.The acid from the battery had corroded parts of the engine.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to cut with the teeth)
a. to bite
El hámster es muy bonito pero muerde.The hamster is very cute, but it bites.
4. (to take a bribe)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to accept a bribe
El policía mordió y se quedó con una parte de las ganancias.The policeman accepted the bribe and kept a part of the earnings.
morderse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
5. (to cut with the teeth)
a. to bite
Cuando estoy inquieta, no puedo parar de morderme las uñas.When I'm anxious, I can't stop biting my nails.
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morder
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (con los dientes)
a. to bite
2. (gastar)
a. to eat into
3. (colloquial)
a. to buy off
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (general)
a. to bite
5. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
salúdala, que no muerdeyou can say hello to her, she doesn't bite
6. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
está que muerdehe's hopping mad
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
morderse la lengua/las uñasto bite one's tongue/nails
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morder
transitive verb
1 (con los dientes) to bite
2 (corroer) (Química) to corrode; eat away; [+recursos] to eat into;
3 (Mecánica) [+embrague] to catch
4 (Centroamérica) (México) (exigir soborno) to take a bribe from
5 (México) (estafar) to cheat
6 (denigrar) to gossip about; run down
7 (reconocer) to recognize
intransitive verb
to bite
está que muerde he's hopping mad
estoy que muerdo
pronominal verb
morderse to bite
morderse las uñas to bite one's nails
Generalmente cuando los niños están en edad escolar, comienza a [morderse las uñas.]
morderse la lengua to bite one's tongue
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