A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to feel about)
a. to feel
Tanteé la pared tratando de encontrar el interruptor de la luz.I felt the wall, trying to find the light switch.
2. (to examine)
a. to weigh
Estamos tanteando detenidamente todas las opciones disponibles.We're carefully weighing all the options available.
b. to weigh up
Yo tantearía las ventajas y las desventajas antes de tomar una decisión.I would weigh up the pros and cons before making a decision.
c. to test
Deberíamos tantear la resistencia del puente colgante antes de intentar cruzarlo.We should test the strength of the rope bridge before we try to cross it.
d. to consider
No tuve tiempo para tantear el problema y encontrar una solución.I didn't have time to consider the problem and find a solution.
e. to sound out
Tanteé a los tres candidatos, pero ninguno califica para el puesto.I sounded out the three candidates, but none of them qualify for the position.
f. to size up
El torero realizó unos pases para tantear al toro.The torero executed sweeping passes to size up the bull.
3. (to lie in ambush for)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. to lie in wait for
El policía se escondió en el callejón y tanteó al traficante de drogas.The police officer hid in the alley and lay in wait for the dealer.
4. (to cheat)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. to swindle
¡El carnicero me tanteó! Me dio un billete falso.The butcher swindled me! He gave me a fake bill.
5. (to make fun of)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. to make a fool of
Jorge intentó gastarme una broma para tantearme, pero le salió el tiro por la culata.Jorge tried to prank me to make a fool of me, but it backfired on him.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
6. (to feel about)
a. to feel one's way
Se cortó la electricidad y tuve que tantear para encontrar la salida del cuarto.The power went out and I had to feel my way out of the room.
b. to grope around
El ciego tanteó en la oscuridad y finalmente logró encontrar las llaves.The blind man groped around in the darkness and finally found the keys.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (probar, sondear)
a. to test (out)
2. (toro, contrincante)
a. to size up
3. (fig)
tantear el terrenoto see how the land lies, to test the waters
4. (sopesar; peso, precio, cantidad)
a. to try to guess
5. (problema, posibilidades, ventajas)
a. to weigh up
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
6. (andar a tientas)
a. to feel one's way
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transitive verb
1 (con la mano) to feel
tanteó la mesilla en busca del reloj he felt for the watch on the bedside table
Sus dedos tantearon la mesa vino a la cama, sorteando los muebles y tanteando con los pies descalzos la alfombra tantear si la superficie está bien segura
2 (probar) to test; try out; (sondear) to probe; [+intenciones, persona] to sound out
tantear el terreno to test the water; get the lie of the land
3 (calcular) [+tela, cantidad] to make a rough estimate of; [+peso] to feel; get the feel of; [+situación] to weigh up; [+problema] to consider
4 (Arte) to sketch in; draw the outline of
5 (Dep) to keep the score of
6 (Centroamérica) (México) (acechar) to lie in wait for
7 (México) (estafar) to swindle; (burlarse) to make a fool of; take for a ride (familiar)
intransitive verb
1 (Dep) to score; keep (the) score
2 (Latinoamérica) (ir a tientas) to grope; feel one's way
¡tantee usted! what do you think?
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