Quick answer
"Desplazar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to displace", and "trasladar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to transfer". Learn more about the difference between "desplazar" and "trasladar" below.
desplazar(
dehs
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plah
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sahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be substituted with)
a. to displace
Fue desplazado por un empleado más joven y más veloz.He was displaced by a younger and faster employee.
b. to take the place of
Desplacé al líder en la última vuelta y gané la carrera.I took the place of the leader on the final lap and won the race.
c. to supplant
Los demócratas están esforzándose para desplazar a los republicanos en el Congreso.The Democrats are working hard to supplant the Republicans in Congress.
d. to oust
La junta militar desplazó al partido electo in 1967.The junta ousted the elected party in 1967.
e. to replace
El mosquete desplazó al arco y la flecha y se convirtió en el arma principal de la infantería.The musket replaced the bow and arrow and became the primary infantry weapon.
2. (to change position)
a. to move
¡El viento desplazó tu bola más cerca, tramposo!The wind moved your ball closer, you cheater!
3. (computing)
a. to scroll
Desplázate hacia abajo y haz clic en el video.Scroll down and click on the video.
4. (chemistry)
a. to displace
La corona de oro falsa desplazó menos agua que una barra de oro puro del mismo peso.The fake gold crown displaced less water than an equally heavy bar of pure gold.
5. (nautical)
a. to displace
Medimos el agua que el barco desplazó para calcular su peso.We measured the water displaced by the ship to calculate its weight.
desplazarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to move around)
a. to move
Los soldados se desplazaron después de la medianoche usando la noche como protección.The soldiers moved after midnight, using the night as cover.
b. to travel
Este tren se puede desplazar más rápido que un Ferrari.This train can travel faster than a Ferrari.
c. to go
Nos desplazamos en autobús porque el subterráneo estaba demorado.We went by bus because the subway was delayed.
7. (to change)
a. to swing
Los votos se desplazaron considerablemente del partido socialista al republicano.The votes swung heavily from the Socialist party to the Republican party.
b. to shift
El poder se desplazó del rey al pueblo después de la revolución.Power sifted from the king to the people after the revolution.
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trasladar(
trahs
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lah
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dahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to change location)
a. to transfer
Después de dos semanas, lo trasladaron a una prisión de máxima seguridad.After two weeks, they transferred him to a maximum security prison.
b. to move
Mi abuelo me pidió que lo ayudara a trasladar la mesa del recibidor a la sala de estar.My grandfather asked me to help him move the table from the hall to the living room.
2. (to change date)
a. to postpone
Debido al mal tiempo, han trasladado el vuelo al martes.Due to bad weather, the flight has been postponed until Tuesday.
3. (to reproduce)
a. to copy
La secretaria trasladó la información a un documento de texto.The secretary copied the information to a text document.
4. (to convert into)
a. to translate
Para lograr tus metas, tienes que trasladar tus intenciones a la acción.To achieve your goals, you have to translate your intentions into actions.
trasladarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
5. (to relocate)
a. to move
El alquiler del apartamento era muy alto, así que nos trasladamos a un lugar más barato.The rent for the apartment was too high, so we moved to a cheaper place.
6. (to go)
a. to travel
Usamos el servicio de transporte del hotel para trasladarnos al aeropuerto.We used the hotel shuttle service to travel to the airport.
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