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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to remove moisture)
a. to dry
El sol secará nuestra ropa mojada.The sun will dry our wet clothes.
2. (to make dry)
a. to mop up
Ayúdame a secar el agua derramada.Help me mop up the spilled water.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (to remove moisture)
a. to dry
Ve a mirar si la ropa ya ha secado.Check to see if the clothes have dried yet.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
4. (to remove moisture)
a. to dry
Sécate el pelo con una toalla.Dry your hair with a towel.
b. to dry off
Me sequé las manos con una toalla de papel.I dried off my hands with a paper towel.
c. to dry oneself off
Voy a salir de la piscina y secarme.I'm going to get out off the pool and dry myself off.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
5. (to be evaporated)
a. to dry up
Se secó la tinta de mi bolígrafo.The ink in my pen has dried up.
6. (to scar over)
a. to heal over
Los puntos se secaron bien.The stitches healed over nicely.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (quitar humedad a)
a. to dry
el sol secó los camposthe sun dried out the fields
2. (enjugar)
a. to wipe away
3. (con fregona)
a. to mop up
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (planta, pozo)
a. to dry up
5. (vajilla, suelo, ropa)
a. to dry
nos secamos al solwe dried off in the sunshine
me sequé las manos en la toallaI dried my hands with the towel
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transitive verb
1 (quitar la humedad) (con paño, toalla) to dry; (con fregona) to mop up; (con papel secante) to blot
me sequé las lágrimas I dried my tears; secar los platos to dry the plates; dry up
2 (resecar) [+planta, terreno] to dry up; [+piel] to dry out
las inclemencias del tiempo secan la piel
3 (Uru) (fastidiar) to annoy; vex
intransitive verb
to dry
lo he puesto a secar cerca del radiador I've left it to dry near the radiator
pronominal verb
1 (uso reflexivo) [+persona] to dry o.s.; get dry
me encanta secarme al sol I love drying myself in the sun
[+manos, pelo] to dry; [+lágrimas, sudor] to dry; wipe
¿tienes una toalla para secarme las manos? ¿te secas el pelo con el secador? se secó las lágrimas con el pañuelo
secarse la frente to mop one's brow
2 (quedarse sin agua) [+ropa] to dry; dry off
espera a que se seque la ropa antes de cogerla
no entres hasta que no se seque el suelo don't come in until the floor is dry o has dried
[+arroz, pasta] to go dry
el arroz se ha secado demasiado la pasta se ha secado más de la cuenta
[+garganta] to get dry
con el paseo se me ha secado la garganta
[+río, pozo] to dry up; run dry; [+hierba, terreno] to dry up; [+planta] to wither
se ha secado el jazmín
3 [+herida] to heal up
la herida tardará en secarse si la dejas al descubierto tardará menos en secarse la herida
4 (adelgazar) to get thin
5 (also secarse de sed) to be parched (familiar)
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