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"Browsing" is a form of "browse", a transitive verb which is often translated as "ojear". "Navigating" is a form of "navigate", an intransitive verb which is often translated as "navegar". Learn more about the difference between "browsing" and "navigating" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to look through)
a. ojear
He browsed the catalog for a few minutes before deciding that he didn't want anything.Ojeó el catálogo por unos minutos antes de decidir que no quería nada.
b. curiosear
The tourists visited the museums and browsed the shops.Los turistas visitaron los museos y curiosearon las tiendas.
c. hojear
After hours of browsing the phone book, she finally decided on a plumber.Después de pasar horas hojeando la guía telefónica, finalmente escogió un plomero.
d. echar un vistazo a
I know I won't buy any of the paintings, but I still like to browse the art galleries in the city.Sé que no voy a comprar ningún cuadro, pero aun así me gusta echar un vistazo a las galerías de arte de la ciudad.
2. (computing)
a. navegar
He spent hours browsing the Internet instead of writing his essay.Pasó horas navegando por Internet en vez de escribir su ensayo.
b. explorar
Although I don't study psychology anymore, I still like to browse the Internet for articles from the field.Aunque ya no estudio psicología, todavía me gusta explorar Internet para ver artículos de ese campo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to look around)
a. echar una ojeada
Do you want to browse around the town's new art district with me this afternoon?¿Quieres echar una ojeada por el nuevo distrito de arte de la ciudad conmigo esta tarde?
b. mirar
Can I help you with anything? - No, thank you. I'm just browsing.¿Te puedo ayudar con algo? - No, gracias. Solo estoy mirando.
4. (to feed)
a. pacer (animal)
The shepherd let his sheep browse in the forest.El pastor dejó a sus ovejas pacer en el bosque.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (quick look)
a. la ojeada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Let's go into this shop for a quick browse.Vamos a entrar en esta tienda para echar una ojeada rápida.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to direct)
a. navegar (ship, plane)
I flew the plane while my copilot navigated.Yo piloté el avión mientras mi copiloto navegaba.
b. hacer de copiloto (in car)
There's a map on the floor. Will you navigate? I need to concentrate on the road.Hay un mapa en el suelo. ¿Harías de copiloto? Necesito concentrarme en la calle.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to operate)
a. conducir (ship, plane)
The first mate navigated the schooner through 15-foot seas.El primer oficial condujo la goleta con un oleaje de 15 pies.
b. gobernar (ship, plane)
Only a very experienced pilot like her could navigate a helicopter in those kinds of conditions.Solamente una pilota de mucha experiencia como ella podría gobernar un helicóptero en ese tipo de condiciones.
3. (to travel an area)
a. navegar por
We need a skipper who can navigate the tumultuous waters of the Horn.Necesitamos a un patrón que sea capaz de navegar las aguas embravecidas del cabo de Hornos.
4. (computing)
a. navegar por
The design of this website is not effective, and users find it difficult to navigate its web pages.El diseño de este sitio web no es eficaz, y a los usuarios les resulta difícil navegar por las páginas web.
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