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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 guard)
a. to preserve
Los ancianos pueden preservar su memoria haciendo ciertos ejercicios mentales.Old people can preserve their memory by doing certain mental exercises.
b. to protect
Preserva la comida del calor guardándola lejos del radiador.Protect the food against the heat by keeping it away from the heater.
2. (to preserve)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to maintain
No te lo gastes todo y preserva una parte de tus ahorros.Don't spend everything at once and maintain some of your savings.
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 shelter from)
a. to protect oneself from
Mis vecinos se preservaron del humo caminando a gatas.My neighbors protected themselves from the smoke crawling on all fours.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to protect
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (general)
preservarse deto protect oneself o shelter from
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transitive verb
1 (proteger) to protect; preserve;contra against;de from;
2 (Latinoamérica) (conservar) to maintain; preserve
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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