reñir
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reñir(
rreh
-
nyeer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to reprimand)
a. to tell off
El vecino riñó a los chicos por hacer mucho ruido en la calle.The neighbor told the kids off for making so much noise in the street.
b. to scold
Ella siempre les riñe como si fueran sus propios hijos.She always scolds them as if they were her own children.
2. (to fight)
a. to wage
Son pocos, pero no les da miedo reñir una batalla para proteger sus tierras.There are only a few of them, but they're not afraid to wage a battle to protect their lands.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to disagree)
a. to argue
Los oí riñendo en voz baja en la sala.I heard them arguing in hushed voices in the living room.
b. to fight
Riñó con su madre esta tarde por lo de ayer.She fought with her mom this afternoon about what happened yesterday.
c. to have a falling out
Ya no se hablan desde que riñeron hace un mes.They're not speaking anymore since they had a falling out a month ago.
d. to quarrel
Siempre reñíamos de tonterías cuando éramos pequeños.We always quarreled over stupid things when we were little.
e. to row (United Kingdom)
Están riñendo de alguna chorrada.They're rowing about some silly little thing.
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reñir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (regañar)
a. to tell off
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (enfadarse)
a. to argue, to squabble
reñir conto fall out with
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reñir
transitive verb
1 (regañar) to scold; (reprender) to tell off (familiar); reprimand;por for;
2 [+batalla] to fight; wage
intransitive verb
(pelear) to quarrel; fall out;con with
ha reñido con su novio she's fallen out o had a fight with her boyfriend; se pasan la vida riñendo they spend their whole time quarrelling; riñeron por cuestión de dinero they quarrelled about money; they quarrelled over money
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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sus abuelos se enojaban y lo tenían que reñir
his grandparents got angry and had to scold him
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