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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 observe the deceased overnight)
a. to keep vigil over
Rafael murió en la mañana, y por la tarde lo vamos a velar.Rafael died this morning, and this afternoon we are going to keep vigil over him.
La gente se dirigía al panteón para velar a sus seres queridos difuntos.The crowd was headed toward the cemetery to keep vigil over their deceased loved ones.
b. to have a wake for
Velamos a mi tío anoche, y estoy exhausto.We had a wake for my uncle last night, and I'm exhausted.
2. (to care for a sick person overnight)
a. to sit up with
Julia veló a su hijo cuando estaba enfermo.Julia sat up with her son when he was sick.
3. (to partially conceal)
a. to mask
Su sonrisa vela sus verdaderas intenciones.Her smile masks her true intentions.
b. to veil
El aromatizante vela el hedor de la basura, pero no lo quita.The air freshener veils the stench of garbage, but doesn't get rid of it.
4. (photography)
a. to expose
Velaste la película cuando se te cayó la cámara y la tapa se abrió.You exposed the film when you dropped the camera and the cover popped open.
b. to fog
Si no abres la cámara en la oscuridad, puedes velar el rollo.If you don't open the camera in the dark, you can fog the roll.
5. (to cover with a veil)
a. to veil
Es costumbre velar la cara de la novia de camino al altar.It's tradition to veil the bride's face while she walks down the aisle.
6. (to envy)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to eye with envy
Muchos de mis amigos comenzaron a velar mi casa. Se volvieron celosos.Many of my friends started to eye my house with envy. They became jealous.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
7. (to go without sleeping)
a. to stay awake
Horacio veló toda la noche esperando una llamada de su novia.Horacio stayed awake all night waiting for a call from his girlfriend.
b. to stay up
Sus papás velaron hasta que llegó a casa.Her parents stayed up until she got home.
8. (to care for)
a. to look after
Eugenio vela por sus nietos.Eugenio looks after his grandchildren.
b. to watch over
La señora Moreno vela por los niños del barrio.Mrs. Moreno watches over the neighborhood children.
c. to see to it
Hay que velar que cumpla su palabra.We must see to it that he keeps his word.
d. to ensure that
Para velar que nadie se vaya borracho de la fiesta, el anfitrión recoge las llaves al llegar.To ensure that no one leaves the party drunk, the host takes their keys when they arrive.
e. to safeguard
Este nuevo organismo del gobierno existe para velar por los derechos de los indígenas.This new government body exists to safeguard the rights of indigenous peoples.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9. (anatomy)
a. velar
La boca de Enrique sufrió daño velar cuando chocó con una paleta en la boca.Enrique's mouth suffered velar damage when he crashed with a lollipop in his mouth.
10. (linguistics)
a. velar
La g en "bingo" es un sonido velar.The g in "bingo" is a velar sound.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
11. (to cover oneself with a veil)
a. to veil oneself
Aadila se ha velado desde que tenía 12 años.Aadila has veiled herself since she was 12 years old.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
12. (photography)
a. to get exposed
El rollo se veló al pasar por los rayos X.The roll got exposed by passing through X-rays.
b. to get fogged
Se veló la imagen por un químico que se le cayó durante la revelación. The image got fogged by a chemical spilled during the developing process.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (cuidar)
velar porto look after, to watch over
2. (no dormir)
a. to stay awake
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (de noche; muerto)
a. to keep a vigil over
4. (enfermo)
a. to sit up with
5. (ocultar)
a. to mask, to veil
6. (photography)
a. to damage by exposure to sunlight
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
7. (photography)
a. to be damaged by exposure to sunlight
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transitive verb
1 [+enfermo] to sit up with; [+muerto] to keep vigil over
2 (Mil) to watch; keep watch over
3 (Latinoamérica) (codiciar) to look covetously at
intransitive verb
1 (permanecer despierto) to stay awake; go without sleep
he pasado la noche velando
velar por algo/algn (cuidar) to look after sth/sb; velaba por la salud de sus hijos she looked after her children's health; nadie vela por mis intereses nobody watches over my interests; tendremos que velar por que esto no se repita we'll have to see to it o ensure that this doesn't happen again
3 (Religión) to keep vigil
4 [+arrecife] to appear
transitive verb
1 (Fotografía) to fog
2 (cubrir con un velo) to veil
3 (ocultar) to conceal
pronominal verb
1 (Fotografía) to fog
2 (cubrirse con un velo) to veil o.s.
(Lingüística) velar
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