acertar

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a- +‎ certo +‎ -ar. Compare Catalan encertar, English ascertain.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

acertar (first-person singular present indicative acerto, past participle acertado)

  1. to adjust
  2. to regulate
  3. to hit (a target)
  4. (figurative) to be correct (about something)
  5. to coincide
  6. first-person singular (eu) personal infinitive of acertar
  7. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) personal infinitive of acertar
  8. first-person singular (eu) future subjunctive of acertar
  9. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) future subjunctive of acertar

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a- +‎ Latin certus +‎ -ar. Compare English ascertain.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /aθerˈtaɾ/, [aθerˈt̪aɾ]
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /aserˈtaɾ/, [aserˈt̪aɾ]

Verb[edit]

acertar (first-person singular present acierto, first-person singular preterite acerté, past participle acertado)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to hit, to hit upon
    La bala acertó al policía en la pierna.
    The bullet got the policeman in the leg.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) to be right
    Antonym: desacertar
    ¿Cuántas preguntas acertaste? –Ninguna.
    How many questions did you get right? –Zilch.
    El pronóstico del tiempo acertó hoy.
    Today's weather forecast proved right.

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  • Rule: e becomes an ie in stressed syllables.

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