preocupar
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preocupar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to cause concern)
a. to worry
Me preocupa que no haya tenido noticias de tu hermano en una semana.I'm worried that I haven't heard from your brother in a week.
b. to be concerned
Nos preocupan los animales que vimos en la calle.We're concerned about the stray animals we saw on the street.
2. (to interest)
a. to bother
Parece que no le preocupa ganar dinero.He doesn't seem bothered about earning any money.
preocuparse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
3. (to get anxious)
a. to worry
Mi papá se preocupa de todos menos de él mismo.My dad worries about everyone else except himself.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to ensure)
a. to make sure
Preocúpate de llegar a tiempo y yo me preocupo de traer a la cumpleañera.You make sure to get there on time and I'll make sure to bring the birthday girl.
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preocupar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (inquietar)
a. to worry
me preocupa no saber nada de élI'm worried I haven't heard from him
2. (importar)
a. to bother
sólo le preocupa su apariencia externahe's only bothered about his appearance
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (inquietarse)
a. to worry
no te preocupesdon't worry
no te preocupes por elladon't worry about her
4. (encargarse)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
preocuparse de algoto take care of something
preocuparse de hacer algoto see to it that something is done
preocuparse de que…to make sure that…
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preocupar
transitive verb
(inquietar) to worry; (molestar) to bother
esto me preocupa muchísimo I'm extremely worried about this; this worries me very much; me preocupa cómo decírselo I'm worried about how to tell him; no le preocupa el qué dirán he's not bothered about what people may say
pronominal verb
preocuparse
1 (inquietarse) to worry;de, por about
¡no se preocupe! (para calmar a algn) don't worry!; (para que algn no haga algo) don't bother!; no te preocupes por eso don't worry about that; no se preocupa en lo más mínimo he doesn't care in the least
2 (ocuparse) to concern o.s.;de about
tú preocúpate de que todo esté listo you see to it that everything is ready
3 (dar prioridad)
preocuparse de algo to give special attention to sth; give sth priority
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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