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contestar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (responder)answer vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  reply vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Contestó a las preguntas del inspector.
 She answered the inspector's questions.
contestar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (protestar)protest against vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Los obreros van a contestar las reducciones de salarios.
 The employees are going to protest against the wage cuts.
contestar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (replicar de malos modos)answer back, talk back viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Niño, no le contestes a tu padre.
 Don't talk back to your father!
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Compound Forms:
contestar al teléfono answer the phone
contestar con un gesto answer with a gesture
contestar por alguien answer for someone
contestar una pregunta answer a question
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