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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to put on formal clothes)
a. ponerse elegante
I dressed up in my best suit for the interview.Me puse elegante en mi mejor traje para la entrevista.
b. vestirse de etiqueta
Everybody had dressed up for the special occasion.Todos se habían vestido de etiqueta para la ocasión especial.
2. (to put on a costume)
a. disfrazarse
For Halloween, I'm going to dress up as a nun.Para Halloween, me voy a disfrazar de monja.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
3. (to put on formal clothes)
a. poner elegante
If I don't dress up my boyfriend for your wedding, he'll show up wearing shorts and a T-shirt.Si no pongo elegante a mi novio para tu boda, va a ir con pantalones cortos y una camiseta.
4. (to put on a costume)
a. disfrazar
I am going to wear a thief costume and dress up my baby as a money bag.Me voy a poner un disfraz de ladrón y disfrazar a mi bebé de bolsa de dinero.
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dress up
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (elegantly)
a. arreglarse, vestirse de etiqueta
2. (in fancy dress)
a. disfrazarse
dress up
(in smart clothes) ponerse elegante; (formally) vestirse de etiqueta; (in fancy dress) disfrazarse
I love dressing up in period clothes you don't need to dress up for dinner
transitive verb
1 (in smart clothes) poner elegante; (in fancy dress) disfrazar
you're all dressed up, are you going somewhere? vas muy elegante, ¿es que vas a algún sitio?
she dresses her children up even to go to the local supermarket
to dress sb up as sth disfrazar or vestir a algn de algo
she dressed her son up as a pirate little girls dressed up as angels to be dressed [up] all dressed up and nowhere to go dressed up to the nines
2 (improve appearance of) [+facts, events] disfrazar
I can't dress it up in the right words like Jake can
it was a pile of scrap metal dressed up as art era un montón de chatarra disfrazado de arte; they dressed the setback up as a triumph hicieron creer que el revés había sido en realidad un triunfo
to be dressed up [as] sth he tried to organise things so that the trip would be dressed up as a UN mission
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