154 Most Common Reflexive Verbs in Spanish

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When learning reflexive verbs in Spanish, many Spanish learners want to know what are the reflexive verbs that they are going to use on a daily basis. For that reason, we compiled a list with the most common reflexive verbs that Spanish speakers use in their conversation. 

Additionally, we’ll provide a list of verbs that change their meaning when being in their reflexive form as well as some examples of how to apply these verbs. So, by the end of this, you’ll have a better idea of what reflexive verbs you really need to practice 😉

List of Most Common Reflexive Verbs in Spanish

Reflexive verbs are a very important part of Spanish. According to some research, Spanish speakers’ basic and common verb vocabulary is comprised of 523 terms. Out of these 523 verbs, almost 30% have a reflexive form. As a result, it makes sense that you get familiar with using reflexive verbs. 

In the following list, we compiled the most basic and standard reflexive verbs that you will use or come across at some point in your Spanish learning experience. We’ve grouped them by their verb endings:

Remember that most of the time a reflexive verb will have the same translation in English than a non-reflexive verb. 

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‘-Ar’ Reflexive Verbs in Spanish

¿Cómo te golpeaste la nariz? 
How did you hit your nose?

Sally se resfrió la semana pasada
Sally caught a cold last week

Ustedes siempre se alegran por mí
You guys are always happy for me

Nosotros nos trasladaremos a una nueva oficina
We’ll move to a new office

‘-Er’ Reflexive Verbs in Spanish

¿Por qué te escondes
Why are you hiding? 

¿Ya se aprendieron la canción?
Did you guys already memorize the song?

Mario y yo nos conocemos desde hace años
Mario and I have known each other for years

‘-Ir’ Reflexive Verbs in Spanish

Mamá, ya me voy
Mom, I’m leaving

Por favor, sírvanse lo que quieran
Please, help yourself 

Ana no se despidió de nadie
Ana didn’t say goodbye to anybody 

Spanish Verbs that Change Meaning in Reflexive

As you may have noticed, most of the reflexive verbs come from a non-reflexive verb. In most cases, there are no major changes in definition or meanings other than the reflexive verbs are only used to indicate that a subject is doing something to itself. 

However, there are some verbs that, when being in their reflexive form, change their meaning completely to the point that they appear to be two different words. Here are some of these verbs:

AdmirarTo admireTo be amazed
AprenderTo learnTo learn by heart/ To memorize
ClavarTo hamerTo steal / To fall for
ColarTo leak To sneak in
ConfiarTo trustTo be overconfident 
ConformarTo formTo settle for
CurarTo heal / To cureTo get be
CreerTo believe / To thinkTo believe / To fell for it
DespedirTo fireTo say goodbye
DivorciarTo grant divorce / To divorceTo get divorced
DormirTo sleepTo fall asleep
FijarTo setTo watch / To notice
IrTo goTo leave
LlenarTo fillTo be full
LlevarTo carry / To takeTo get along
NegarTo denyTo refuse
OcurrirTo happen To come to mind
ParecerTo seem To look alike
PerderTo loseTo get lost
PonerTo putTo put on
PreguntarTo askTo wonder
ProbarTo try / To tasteTo try on
RendirTo performTo quit / To surrender
SumarTo addTo join
ValerTo costTo make use
VolverTo come backTo become

Reflexives verbs with change in meaning: Examples

Here are some examples so you can appreciate the nuances in meaning: 

Despedir vs Despedirse

Ana no se despidió de mí
Ana didn’t say goodbye to me

Ana no me despidió, solo me pidió mejorar mi desempeño
Ana didn’t fire me, she only asked to improve my performance

Dormir vs Dormirse

¿A qué hora te dormiste?
What time did you fall asleep?

¿Cuántas horas duermes?
How many hours do you sleep? 

Confiar vs Confiarse

Juan confía en mi hermano
Juan trusts my brother

Juan y mi hermano perdieron el partido porque se confiaron
Juan and my brother lost the game because they were overconfident

Wrapping Up

Reflexive verbs can be a challenging topic to learn. The good news is that these verbs are so common in Spanish that you will have more than one chance to put them into practice. In this article, we compiled the most common reflexive verbs in Spanish and showed you which verbs change in meaning in their reflexive form. 

Although you don’t need to memorize (aprenderte) all of them at once, they could help you improve your Spanish conversations since they are part of a Spanish speaker’s most basic vocabulary 🙂

Related Resource: How to Conjugate Reflexive Verbs in Spanish

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