Reflexive Spanish Verbs with Meaning Changes

In Spanish, making a word reflexive can change its meaning. Sometimes a meaning change is subtle, other times a meaning change is quite drastic. Some of the more common verbs whose meaning changes when made reflexive are listed below. Read and listen to each one, then repeat each out loud.

English
Spanish
to pay money
abonar
to subscribe to
abonarse


to open
abrir
to open up (confide in)
abrirse


to agree; to decide
acordar
to remember
acordarse


to accuse
acusar
to confess
acusarse


to be quiet
callar
to become quiet
callarse


to close
cerrar
to close off emotionally
cerrarse


to combine
combinar
to come together
combinarse


to sleep
dormir
to fall asleep
dormirse


to go
ir
to leave
irse


to carry
llevar
to carry off
llevarse


to put
poner
to put on
ponerse


to leave
salir
to leave unexpectedly; to leak
salirse