A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
reciprocal verb
1. (to physically fight)
a. to fight
Si se van a pelear, es mejor que lo hagan en el cuadrilátero.If you guys are going to fight, it's better if you do it in the ring.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (to brawl)
a. to fight
Niños, por favor, dejen de pelear.Children, please stop fighting.
3. (to have an argument)
a. to argue
No se llevan muy bien; siempre están peleando por algo.They don't get along very well; they're always arguing about something.
b. to fight
No voy a ponerme a pelear contigo; no vale la pena.I'm not going to fight with you; it's not worth it.
4. (to strive)
a. to struggle
Sol ha peleado durante años para mantener a su familia.Sol has struggled for years to support her family.
5. (to contend with)
a. to compete
Las dos finalistas pelearon por la gloria en el concurso de comer perros calientes.The two finalists competed for glory in the hot dog eating contest.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (a golpes)
a. to fight
2. (a gritos)
a. to have a row o quarrel
3. (esforzarse)
a. to struggle
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (a golpes)
a. to fight
5. (a gritos)
a. to have a row o quarrel
6. (enfadarse)
a. to fall out
se ha peleado con su hermanohe's fallen out with his brother
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intransitive verb
1 (físicamente) to fight
los dos púgiles pelearán por el título mañana the two boxers will fight for the title tomorrow; los perros peleaban por un hueso the dogs were fighting over a bone; siempre me toca pelear con los niños a la hora del baño I'm always the one who has to battle with the children at bathtime
pelear por algo
2 (esforzarse) to struggle
tuvo que pelear mucho para mantener a su familia he had to struggle hard to support his family; it was a hard struggle for him to support his family
pronominal verb
1 (físicamente) to fight
dos niños se estaban peleando en el patio there were two children fighting in the playground; estaban peleándose a puñetazos they were punching each other o laying into each other with their fists; los hermanos se peleaban a patadas the two brothers were kicking each other; se estaban peleando por unos caramelos they were fighting over some sweets; pelearse con algn to fight sb
2 (discutir) to argue; quarrel
siempre nos peleamos cuando hablamos de política we always end up arguing whenever we talk about politics
las vecinas se peleaban a gritos en el portal
3 (romper una relación) [+dos amigos] to fall out; [+novios] to split up; break up
se ha peleado con todas sus amigos he's fallen out with all his friends; se ha peleado con su novio she has broken up o split up with her boyfriend
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