ampliar
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ampliar(
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plyahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make bigger)
a. to expand
Este año nuestro objetivo es ampliar nuestra empresa y vender nuestros productos en el extranjero.Our goal this year is to expand our company and start selling our products abroad.
b. to extend
Estados Unidos planea ampliar su influencia en la zona.The United States plans to extend its influence in the region.
2. (to make longer)
a. to extend
Me temo que este mes tendremos que ampliar la jornada laboral. Se irán a casa una hora más tarde.I'm afraid that we will have to extend the business day this month. You'll be going home an hour later.
3. (to grow in number)
a. to increase
Hemos ampliado el número de empleados de 15,000 a 20,000 en cinco años.We have increased the number of employees from 15,000 to 20,000 in five years.
4. (to further)
a. to broaden
Cuando viajo en autobús, utilizo tarjetas para ampliar mi vocabulario de español.When I'm on the bus, I use flashcards to broaden my Spanish vocabulary.
b. to widen
Hay quienes dicen que la crisis económica ha ampliado la brecha entre ricos y pobres.Some say that the economic crisis has widened the gap between rich and poor.
5. (to increase the size of a picture)
a. to enlarge
No podemos ampliar la foto sin perder un poco de calidad.We cannot enlarge the picture without a loss in quality.
b. to blow up
No sé cuál foto de nuestra boda quiero ampliar para colocar en la sala de estar.I don't know which wedding photo I want to blow up and put in the living room.
6. (to expound upon)
a. to elaborate on
Aprobé el examen pero los profesores me dijeron que tengo que ampliar más mis respuestas la próxima vez.I passed the exam but the teachers told me that next time I need to elaborate on my answers more.
ampliarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (to grow)
a. to expand
La economía de Francia se amplió más de un 13% este año.France's economy expanded by more than 13% this year.
b. to increase
La proporción de adolescentes en la escuela se amplió significativamente durante la última década.The proportion of adolescents in school increased significantly during the last decade.
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ampliar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (agrandar)
a. to expand
2. (local, vivienda, plazo)
a. to extend
3. (photography)
a. to enlarge, to blow up
4. (estudios)
a. to further, to continue
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ampliar
transitive verb
1 (en tamaño) to extend
queremos ampliar el salón we want to extend the living room; we want to make the living room bigger; lee mucho para ampliar su vocabulario he reads a lot in order to extend o expand his vocabulary; se fue a Inglaterra a ampliar sus estudios he went to England to broaden his studies
2 (en número) to increase
van a ampliar las plazas de profesor they are going to increase the number of teaching posts; no ampliarán la plantilla they are not going to increase o expand the headcount o the payroll
3 [+prórroga, período] to extend
han ampliado el plazo de matrícula they have put back the closing date for enrolment; they have extended the period for enrolment
4 (Fotografía) to enlarge
5 (Com) [+empresa, compañía] to expand; grow; [+capital] to increase
deseamos ampliar el campo de acción de la empresa we want to extend o expand o broaden the company's area of business
6 [+sonido] to amplify
7 [+idea, explicación] to elaborate on
8 [+poderes] to extend; widen
pronominal verb
ampliarse to expand
El mercado puede ampliarse mucho si se tienen en cuenta el potencial exportador.
ampliarse a to extend to
Si fuera necesario, cada grupo puede ampliarse a siete miembros. Una legislación que puede ampliarse al ámbito autonómico. Los ministros no descartan que la asociación no pueda ampliarse a más miembros.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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