desenvolver
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desenvolver(
dehs
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ehm
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bohl
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behr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to unpack)
a. to unwrap
En cuanto empecé a desenvolver el paquete, me di cuenta de lo que era.As soon as I started to unwrap the package, I realized what it was.
¡Mira! Hay un regalo debajo del árbol que falta desenvolver.Look! There's a present under the tree that we still have to unwrap.
2. (to untangle)
a. to unravel
El jersey de lana que tejaba no me estaba quedando bien, así que lo desenvolví.The wool sweater that I was knitting did not look good, so I unravelled it.
b. to disentangle
La profesora de costura me pidió que desenvolviera los hilos con nudos.The sewing teacher asked me to disentangle the knotted threads.
desenvolverse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to occur)
a. to unfold (plot)
La trama del libro se desenvolvía fluidamente y los personajes eran interesantes.The plot of the book unfolded fluidly and the characters were interesting.
b. to progress
La emisión se desenvolvió con normalidad pese al pequeño terremoto.The broadcast progressed normally in spite of the minor earthquake.
c. to develop
La obra se desenvolvió sin problemas pese al fallo técnico inicial.The play developed without any problem in spite of the initial technical issue.
4. (to deal with)
a. to manage
Me sorprendió lo bien que se desenvolvía María en el escenario.I was surprised of how well Maria managed on stage.
b. to get along
Aunque el profesor era nuevo, se desenvolvió muy bien con los alumnos.Even though the teacher was new, he got along with the students very well.
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desenvolver
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to unwrap
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (asunto, proceso)
a. to progress
3. (trama)
a. to unfold
4. (entrevista)
a. to pass off
5. (persona)
a. to cope, to manage
sabe desenvolverse ella solashe can cope o manage by herself
se desenvuelve muy bien en su nuevo trabajohe's getting along fine in his new job
se sabe desenvolver bastante bien en ingléshe can get along pretty well in English
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desenvolverdesenvuelto (participio_de_pasado)
transitive verb
1 (desliar) [+paquete] to unwrap; [+rollo] to unwind; unroll; [+lana] to disentangle; unravel
2 [+teoría] to develop
pronominal verb
desenvolverse
1 [+persona] to manage; cope
se desenvuelve muy bien en público he comes across really well in public
2 [+acción, suceso] (suceder) to go off; (desarrollarse) to develop
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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