A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to deal with)
a. to cover
El libro abarca el periodo entre 1939 y 1945.The book covers the period between 1939 and 1945.
2. (to stretch over)
a. to extend over
Su reino abarcaba varias de las actuales provincias andaluzas.His reign extended over several of the present-day Andalusian provinces.
b. to take in
El parque natural abarca un territorio de más de 2,800 hectáreas.The natural reserve takes in a territory of more than 2,800 hectares.
3. (to offer a panorama of)
a. to take in
La vista desde el mirador abarca todo el valle.The view from the viewpoint takes in the whole valley.
4. (to have a panorama of)
a. to see
Desde el último piso, se puede abarcar toda la ciudad con la mirada.From the top floor, you can see the whole city.
5. (to manage)
a. to take on
No intentes abarcarlo todo tú solo.Don't try to take on everything by yourself.
b. to undertake
Por intentar abarcar demasiado casi lo pierdo todo.By trying to undertake too much, I almost lose everything.
c. to cope with
Eso es más de lo que él puede abarcar.That's more than he can cope with.
6. (to hold within)
a. to contain
Si el paréntesis abarca toda la frase, el punto se escribe en su interior.If the parenthesis contains an entire sentence, the period goes inside.
7. (to be able to embrace or take)
a. to get one's arms around
Mi papá es culturista y yo no puedo abarcarle el cuerpo con los brazos.My dad is a bodybuilder, and I can't get my arms around his body.
b. to get one's hands around
En ese momento, le parecía que podía abarcar la luna con las manos.At that moment, she felt she could get her hands around the moon.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (incluir)
a. to embrace, to cover
2. (prov)
quien mucho abarca poco aprietadon't bite off more than you can chew
3. (ver)
a. to be able to see, to have a view of
desde la torre se abarca todo el valleyou can see the whole valley from the tower
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transitive verb
1 (con los brazos) to get one's arms round
2 (comprender) to include; take in; (contener) to contain; comprise
el capítulo abarca tres siglos the chapter covers three centuries; sus conocimientos abarcan todo el campo de ... his knowledge ranges over the whole field of ...; abarca una hectárea it takes up a hectare; it's a hectare in size
3 [+tarea] to undertake; take on
quien mucho abarca poco aprieta don't bite off more than you can chew
4 (Latinoamérica) (acaparar) to monopolize; corner the market in
5 (con la vista) to take in
desde aquí se abarca todo el valle you can take in the whole valley from here
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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