A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to distinguish)
a. to recognize
Pudo reconocer al ladrón en cuanto lo vio.She was able to recognize the thief as soon as she saw him.
b. to recognise (United Kingdom)
¿Me reconoces en esta foto?Can you recognise me in this photo?
2. (to admit an error)
a. to admit
Mi padre reconoció que se había equivocado.My father admitted that he was wrong.
3. (legal)
a. to recognize
En algunos países no se reconocen los derechos humanos.In some countries, human rights are not recognized.
b. to recognise (United Kingdom)
Algunos países reconocen a Palestina como un estado.Some countries recognise Palestine as a state.
c. to acknowledge
El padre no quiso reconocerla como su hija.The father didn't want to acknowledge her as his daugther.
4. (medicine)
a. to examine
El médico reconoció al paciente.The doctor examined the patient.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (identificar)
a. to recognize
no te reconocíaI didn´t recognize you
el buen vino se reconoce por el coloryou can tell a good wine by its color
2. (admitir)
a. to admit
reconozco que estaba equivocadaI accept o admit that I was mistaken
hay que reconocer que lo hace muy bienyou have to admit that she's very good at it
3. (examinar)
a. to examine
4. (terreno)
a. to survey
5. (law)
a. to recognize
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
6. (identificarse mutuamente)
a. to recognize each other
7. (confesarse)
reconocerse culpableto admit one's guilt
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transitive verb
1 (conocer) to recognize
no te he reconocido con ese sombrero I didn't recognize you in that hat
reconocer algo/a algn por
le reconocí por la voz I knew o recognized him by his voice
2 (identificar) to identify
tuvo que reconocer el cadáver de su hermano he had to identify his brother's body
3 (considerar) [+gobierno, hijo] to recognize
no le reconocieron como jefe they did not recognize him as their leader
reconoció al niño como o por suyo
4 (admitir) to admit
reconócelo, ha sido culpa tuya admit it, it was your fault; hay que reconocer que no es normal you have to admit (that) it isn't normal; reconozco que no existen pruebas I admit that there is no evidence; el acusado reconoció los hechos the accused admitted what he had done; me reconoció el mérito de haberlo hecho he gave me the credit for doing it
5 (agradecer) [+servicio] to be grateful for
6 (Med) [+paciente] to examine
7 [+terreno] to survey; (Mil) to reconnoitre; spy out
8 (registrar) to search
pronominal verb
se ha reconocido culpable he has admitted his guilt
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