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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 brag about)
a. to show off
Fernando ostentaba su reloj de plata delante de todos.Fernando showed off his silver watch to everybody.
b. to flaunt
Salomé nos invitó a su mansión solo para ostentar su riqueza.Salome invited us to her mansion only to flaunt her wealth.
c. to parade
A mi vecino le encanta ostentar su nuevo auto por todo el barrio.My neighbor loves to parade his new car around the neighborhood.
2. (to have a position)
a. to hold
Alicia comenzó como pasante, pero ahora ostenta el título de gerente regional.Alicia began as an intern, but now holds the title of regional manager.
b. to occupy
El embajador actualmente ostenta un cargo en el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores.The ambassador now occupies a position at the Foreign Affairs Department.
3. (to possess)
a. to hold
Ostenta dos títulos en química, así que está más que cualificada para el puesto.She holds two degrees in chemistry, so she's more than qualified for the position.
b. to have
La corredora británica ostenta el récord del mundo de maratón.The British runner has the world record for the marathon.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (to brag)
a. to show off
A pesar de que es muy rica, lleva una vida austera y no le gusta ostentar.Despite the fact that she is very rich, she lives an austere life and doesn't like showing off.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (poseer)
a. to hold, to have
2. (exhibir)
a. to show off, to parade
3. (cargo)
a. to hold, to occupy
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transitive verb
1 (exhibir) to show; (hacer gala de) to flaunt; parade; show off
2 (tener) [+poderes legales] to have; possess; [+cargo, título] to have; hold
ostentar el título mundial en patinaje sobre hielo to hold the world title in ice-skating; ostenta todavía las cicatrices he still has o carries the scars
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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