An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to move in reverse)
a. to back up
Retrocede unos pasos para dejarlo pasar.Back up a few steps to let him pass.
b. to reverse
El carro retrocedió y se fue.The car reversed and took off.
c. to move backwards
Después de ver el perro, el gatito retrocedió lentamente.After noticing the dog, the kitten moved slowly backwards.
2. (to give up)
a. to back down
Ella presentó un argumento sólido y él decidió retroceder en su decisión.He decided to back down on his decision after she presented a sound argument.
3. (to retreat)
a. to pull back
El ejército perdió terreno en la batalla y decidió retroceder.The army lost ground in the battle and decided to pull back.
4. (firearms)
a. to recoil
No me gusta usar las armas de fuego que retroceden con mucha fuerza.I don't like to use firearms that recoil with a lot of force.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (moverse)
a. to go back
2. (ante obstáculo)
a. to back down
tuvo que retroceder para salir del garajehe had to back out of the garage
la lluvia de piedras obligó a retroceder a la policíathe shower of stones forced the police to move back
retrocedió dos puestos en la clasificaciónhe dropped o fell two places in the table
no retrocederé ante nadathere's no stopping me now
intransitive verb
1 (moverse hacia atrás) to move back; move backwards; go back; go backwards; [+ejército] to fall back; retreat; [+aguas] to go down
retrocedió unos pasos he went o moved back a few steps; la policía hizo retroceder a la multitud the police made the crowd move back; tienes que retroceder a la primera casilla you have to go back to the first square
2 [+rifle] to recoil
3 (desistir) to give up; (rajarse) to back down; (ante un peligro) to flinch
no retroceder to stand firm
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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