An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (medicine)
a. to have rabies
Llevé a mi perro al veterinario porque creía que rabiaba.I took my dog to the veterinary because I thought he had rabies.
b. to be rabid
El perro callejero rabiaba y nadie quería acercarse.The street dog was rabid and nobody wanted to get close.
2. (to be angry)
a. to be furious
Intenté calmar al pasajero que rabiaba porque la aerolínea le había extraviado el equipaje.I tried to calm the passenger who was furious because the airline lost his luggage.
b. to be mad
Mi hermano rabiaba porque alguien le había rayado el coche.My brother was mad because somebody scratched his car.
3. (to yearn; used with "por")
a. to be dying for (used before a noun)
Yo rabiaba por un beso, pero Fabricio no hizo nada.I was dying for a kiss, but Fabricio never made a move.
b. to be dying to (used before a verb)
Para sorprender a mi nieto, le compré la patineta por la que rabiaba.To surprise my grandson, I bought him the skateboard he was longing for.
c. to long for (used before a noun)
Los alumnos rabiaban por unas vacaciones.The students were longing for vacation.
d. to long to (used before a verb)
Mariana rabiaba por viajar a Europa, pero no tenía suficiente dinero.Mariana longed to travel to Europe, but she didn't have enough money.
4. (to suffer pain)
a. to be in great pain
Emilia se retorcía en el piso porque el dolor de panza la tenía que rabiaba.Emilia writhed on the floor because she was in great pain due to a stomachache.
5. (to exceed the normal limits of something)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Yo si tú no hablaría con Jaime en este momento. Le pusieron los cuernos y está que rabia.If I were you, I wouldn't talk to Jaime right now. He got cheated on and he's crazy angry.
¡Ay! El café está que rabia y me quemé los labios.Ouch! The coffee is hot and I burned my lips.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (sufrir)
a. to writhe in pain
2. (enfadarse)
a. to be furious
estar a rabiar (con alguien)to be furious (with somebody)
hacer rabiar a alguiento make somebody furious
3. (desear)
rabiar por algo/hacer algoto be dying for something/to do something
me gusta a rabiarI'm crazy about it
intransitive verb
1 (Med) to have rabies; be rabid
2 (sufrir) (de dolor) to be in great pain
estaba rabiando de dolor de muelas she had a raging toothache
3 (encolerizarse)
hacer rabiar a algn to infuriate sb; make sb see red; las cosas así le hacen rabiar things like that infuriate him o make him see red; ¡para que rabies! so there!
a rabiar
me gusta a rabiar (muchísimo) I just love it
que rabia
está que rabia (furioso) he's hopping mad (familiar); he's furious; esta sopa quema que rabia this soup is hot enough to burn the roof of your mouth off (familiar); este cóctel está que rabia (buenísimo) this cocktail has a real kick to it (familiar)
4 (anhelar)
rabiar por algo to long for sth; be dying for sth; rabiar por hacer algo to be dying to do sth
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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