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"Evolucionar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to evolve", and "crecer" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to grow". Learn more about the difference between "evolucionar" and "crecer" below.
evolucionar(
eh
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boh
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loo
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syoh
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nahr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (biology)
a. to evolve
Hay quien no cree que el ser humano haya evolucionado del mono.There are people who don't believe that humans evolved from apes.
2. (to gradually advance)
a. to develop
El juego evolucionó de una simple idea y ahora es una éxito global.The game developed from a simple idea and has become a global sensation.
b. to evolve
La relación entre Julia y Pablo evoluciona muy rápidamente. No estoy seguro de si se aman.The relationship between Julia and Pablo evolves very slowly. I am not sure if they love each other.
3. (medicine)
a. to progress
Marta evolucionó mucho tras la cirugía y parece que mañana saldrá del hospital.Marta has progressed well after the surgery and it looks like she'll leave the hospital tomorrow.
b. to develop
El doctor visitó la habitación del paciente para comprobar cómo estaba evolucionando.The doctor visited the patient's room to check on how he was developing.
4. (military)
a. to maneuver
La táctica militar de defensa más habitual de esta unidad es evolucionar.The most common military defense strategy of this unit is to maneuver.
b. to manoeuvre (United Kingdom)
La tropa de soldados evolucionó y atacó al enemigo.The troop of soldiers manoeuvred and attacked the enemy.
5. (aviation)
a. to circle
El avión evolucionó a la espera de una pista de aterrizaje.The plane circled waiting for a landing strip.
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crecer(
kreh
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sehr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to increase in size)
a. to grow
Su nieto creció una pulgada entera durante el verano.Her grandson grew a whole inch over the summer.
2. (to develop)
a. to grow up
Crecí en España durante la época de Franco.I grew up in Spain during the Franco era.
3. (to increase in duration)
a. to grow longer
A medida que se acercaba el verano, los días crecían.As summer approached, the days grew longer.
4. (to increase in level)
a. to rise
Las fuertes lluvias causan que el río crezca.The heavy rains cause the river to rise.
5. (to grow in presence)
a. to increase
Así como crecía el desempleo, también lo hacía el desdén por los poderes políticos.Just as unemployment increased, so did disdain for the political powers.
6. (to increase in amount)
a. to expand
En solo tres años, las oficinas de la compañía crecieron por todo el país.In just three years, the company's offices expanded across the country.
7. (of the moon)
a. to wax
La luna crecía, proporcionando más luz para nuestro camino.The moon was waxing, providing more light for our journey.
crecerse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (to perform well)
a. to thrive
El valiente caballero se crece en situaciones peligrosas.The brave knight thrives in dangerous situations.
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