desdoblar

desdoblar(
dehs
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doh
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blahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to open out)
a. to unfold
Un cliente acaba de desdoblar una pila de camisas perfectamente dobladas ¡y no compró ninguna!A customer just unfolded a perfectly folded pile of shirts but didn't buy any!
b. to spread out
El mesero desdobló el mantel blanco y lo puso en la mesa.The waiter spread out the white tablecloth and covered the table.
2. (to separate)
a. to split
El profesor desdobló la clase en dos grupos para hacer un debate.The teacher split the class in two groups to hold a debate.
b. to divide
La venta de acciones en bolsa desdobló la empresa.The sale of shares on the stock exchange divided the company.
3. (transport)
a. to widen
Los proyectos para desdoblar la autopista durarán 15 meses.The projects for widening the freeway will take 15 months.
desdoblarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to separate into two parts)
a. to split in two
El sendero se desdobla aquí, ¿qué camino deberíamos seguir?The path splits in two here. Which way should we go?
b. to become divided
La nación se desdobló tras la muerte del rey.The nation became divided after the king's death.
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desdoblar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (servilleta, papel)
a. to unfold
2. (alambre)
a. to straighten out
3. (dividir)
a. to split
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (servilleta, papel)
a. to unfold
5. (colloquial)
a. to be in two places at once
desdoblar
transitive verb
1 (desplegar) [+pañuelo] to unfold; [+mantel] to spread out; [+alambre] to untwist
2 (Química) to break down;en into
3 (duplicar) to double
desdoblar un cargo to split the functions of a post
4 [+carretera] to widen
5 [+tema] to expand upon; explain
pronominal verb
desdoblarse to divide; split in two
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