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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 suffocate)
a. ahogar
Someone had smothered the old lady with a pillow.Alguien había ahogado a la anciana con una almohada.
b. asfixiar
She believed that by smothering her children she was saving them from a cruel world.Creyó que al asifixiar a sus hijos, los estaba salvando de un mundo cruel.
2. (to extinguish)
a. apagar
The firefighters used foam to smother the flames.Los bomberos usaron espuma para apagar las llamas.
b. sofocar
Domestic extinguishers use a gas or powder to smother fires.Los extintores domésticos usan gas o polvo para sofocar los incendios.
c. extinguir
Always remember to smother the fire before striking camp.Recuerda siempre que tienes que extinguir el fuego antes de levantar el campamento.
3. (to cover)
a. bañar
Sally smothered the bananas with melted chocolate before serving them.Sally bañó los plátanos con chocolate fundido antes de servirlos.
4. (to silence)
a. contener
I found it hard to smother my laughter.Me resultó difícil contener la risa.
b. reprimir
We spent the next three hours listening to his stories and trying to smother our yawns.Pasamos las tres horas siguientes escuchando sus historias e intentando reprimir nuestros bostezos.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to suffocate)
a. ahogarse
It seems the baby smothered on its pillow.Parece que el bebé se ahogó con la almohada.
b. asfixiarse
The couple smothered because of the carbon monoxide.La pareja se asfixió por culpa del monóxido de carbono.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (person)
a. ahogar, asfixiar
2. (fire)
a. ahogar
3. (cry, yawn)
a. contener, ahogar
to smother somebody with kissescolmar a alguien de besos
4. (cover)
to smother something in somethingcubrir algo de algo
smother [ˈsmʌðəʳ]
transitive verb
1 (stifle) [+person] ahogar; asfixiar; [+fire] apagar; [+yawn, sob, laughter] contener
2 (cover) cubrir
fruit smothered in cream fruta (f) cubierta de crema; a book smothered in dust un libro cubierto de polvo; the child was smothered in dirt el niño estaba todo sucio; they smothered him with kisses le colmaron or abrumaron de besos
intransitive verb
(asphyxiate) asfixiarse; ahogarse
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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