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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to set free)
a. to unleash (dog)
La policía desencadenó al pobre perro y le dio agua y comida.The police unleashed the poor dog and gave him food and water.
b. to unchain
El atracador desencadenó al rehén y le quitó la mordaza.The robber unchained the hostage and took off the gag.
2. (to provoke)
a. to unleash
El crac del 29 desencadenó una serie de suicidios de personas en bancarrota.The Wall Street Crash of 1929 unleashed a series of suicides of people in bankruptcy.
b. to trigger
La decisión del gobierno desencadenó muchas manifestaciones en todo el país.The government's decision triggered many protests throughout the country.
c. to set off
La actitud chulesca del jugador desencadenó el enfado del árbitro.The cocky attitude of the player set off the anger of the referee.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to start)
a. to burst (storm)
La tormenta se desencadenó justo cuando llegamos a casa,The storm bursted as soon as we got home.
b. to blow up (wind)
La ventolera se desencadenó por la tarde como dijeron que ocurriría.The gust of wind blew up in the afternoon as they said it would.
c. to strike (earthquake)
Los expertos dicen que el terremoto se desencadenó precisamente a las 2 am.Experts say that the earthquake struck eaxactly at 2 am.
4. (to happen suddenly)
a. to break out
La guerra entre los dos países se desencadenó después de que uno lanzó un misil secreto.The war between the two countries broke out after one launched a secret missile.
5. (to emerge)
a. to erupt
Los sentimientos de culpa se desencadenaron en la pareja tras la ruptura.Feelings of guilt erupted in the couple after their breakup.
6. (to free oneself)
a. to break loose
La mujer secuestrada se desencadenó y huyó a la policía.The kidnapped woman broke loose and ran to the police.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (preso, perro)
a. to unchain
2. (suceso, polémica)
a. to give rise to, to spark off
3. (pasión, furia)
a. to unleash
la medida desencadenó fuertes protestasthe measure provoked furious protests
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (pasiones, odios, conflicto)
a. to erupt
5. (guerra)
a. to break out
6. (viento)
a. to blow up
7. (tormenta)
a. to burst
8. (terremoto)
a. to strike
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transitive verb
1 (quitar las cadenas de) [+prisionero] to unchain; [+perro] to unleash
2 (desatar) [+ira] to unleash; [+crisis] to trigger; set off
pronominal verb
1 (soltarse) to break loose
2 (estallar) [+tormenta] to burst; [+guerra] to break out
se desencadenó una violenta reacción a violent reaction was unleashed; se desencadenaron los aplausos applause broke out
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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