A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to chew)
a. to gnaw on
¡Dile al perro que deje de roer mis zapatos!Tell the dog to stop gnawing on my shoes!
La ardillita estaba royendo el hueso de una alita de pollo.The little squirrel was gnawing on the bone of a chicken wing.
b. to nibble at
Mi hermana chilló cuando vio un ratón royendo los restos de comida de la basura.My sister screeched when she saw a mouse nibbling at the leftovers in the trash.
2. (to wear away)
a. to eat away at
Las olas del mar roen las rocas y esculpen el paisaje.The waves in the sea eat away at rocks and carve the landscape.
3. (to torment)
a. to eat away at
La culpa de su crimen le roía el alma hasta que fue a la policía para confesar.The guilt of his crime ate away at his soul until he went to the police to confess.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (con dientes)
a. to gnaw (at)
2. (desgastar)
a. to eat away (at)
3. (atormentar)
a. to nag o gnaw (at)
4. (fig)
ser duro de roerto be a tough nut to crack
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transitive verb
1 [+comida] to gnaw; (mordiscar) to nibble at; [+hueso] to gnaw; pick
2 (corroer) to corrode; eat away
3 [+capital] to eat into (bit by bit)
4 [+conciencia] to prick
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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