santiguarse

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santiguarse(
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A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
1. (religious)
a. to cross oneself
Un hombre entró a la iglesia, se arrodilló frente al altar y se santiguó.A man went into the church, kneeled before the altar, and crossed himself.
b. to make the sign of the cross
Los feligreses se santiguaron antes de leer el evangelio.The congregation made the sign of the cross before reading the gospel.
santiguar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (religious)
a. to make the sign of the cross over
La señora santiguó a sus hijos cuando los dejó en el colegio.The woman made the sign of the cross over her kids when she left them at school.
b. to bless
El sacerdote santiguó a los niños bautizados.The priest blessed the baptized children.
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santiguar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to make the sign of the cross over
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (general)
a. to cross oneself
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santiguar
transitive verb
1 (bendecir) to make the sign of the cross over; bless
2 (pegar) to slap; hit
3 (Latinoamérica) (sanear) to heal; heal by blessing
pronominal verb
santiguarse
1 (persignarse) to cross o.s.
2 (exagerar) to make a great fuss
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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