An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to express opposition)
a. to protest
Miles de maestros protestaron hoy contra la reforma educativa.Thousands of teachers protested today against the education reform.
b. to complain
Las cosas no se pueden quedar así. Debemos protestar.We shouldn't leave things like this. We should complain.
2. (to express dissatisfaction)
a. to protest
Su marido le paga todos los caprichos sin protestar.Her husband pays for all her whims without protesting.
b. to complain
Muchos clientes protestaron por el trato recibido.Many clients complained about the way they had been treated.
c. to grumble
¡Deja de protestar y cómete la sopa!Stop grumbling and eat your soup!
d. to object (in a trial)
¡Protesto, señoría!I object, your Honor!
3. (to proclaim)
a. to protest (one's innocence)
Ambos condenados protestaron de su inocencia hasta el último momento.Both condemned men protested their innocence until the last moment.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
4. (finance)
a. to protest (a bill of exchange)
Protestamos la letra con la esperanza de cobrarla.We protested the bill of exchange in the hope of getting it paid.
b. to refer to drawer (a check)
Jamás me protestaron un cheque.I never had a check referred to drawer.
c. to dishonor (a check)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El banco protestó el cheque por falta de fondos en su cuenta.The bank dishonored his check because of insufficient funds in his account.
d. to dishonour (a cheque) (United Kingdom)
No es la primera vez que protestan un cheque de este cliente.It's not the first time they dishonour a cheque from this client.
5. (to proclaim)
a. to protest (one's innocence)
La acusada protestó su inocencia una y otra vez.The defendant protested her innocence once and again.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (quejarse)
a. to complain
protestaron por el mal serviciothey complained about the poor service
protestaban contra la detención del líder sindicalthey were protesting against the arrest of the union leader
2. (law)
3. (refunfuñar)
a. to grumble
haz lo que te digo sin protestardo what I tell you and no grumbling
intransitive verb
1 (quejarse) to complain
protestaron contra la subida de la gasolina they complained o (formal) protested against the rise in the price of petrol; protestó por lo mal que la habían tratado she complained o (formal) protested about how badly she had been treated
siempre están protestando por algo
no protestes tanto y acábate la cena stop complaining and finish your dinner
2 (Jur)
¡protesto, Su Señoría! objection, Your Honour!; ¡protesto contra esa observación! I resent that!; I object to that remark!
transitive verb
1 [+letra, pagaré] to protest; note
un cheque protestado por falta de fondos a cheque referred to drawer
2 (declarar) to protest
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