acertar

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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  • Hyphenation: a‧cer‧tar

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

  1. to adjust
  2. to regulate
  3. to hit (a target)
  4. (figuratively) to be correct (about something)
  5. to coincide
  6. inflection of acertar:
    1. first/third-person singular future subjunctive
    2. first/third-person singular personal infinitive

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /aθeɾˈtaɾ/ [a.θeɾˈt̪aɾ]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /aseɾˈtaɾ/ [a.seɾˈt̪aɾ]
  • Rhymes: -aɾ
  • Syllabification: a‧cer‧tar

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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