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desgranar

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desgranar(
dehs
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grah
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nahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (culinary)
a. to shell (peas, beans)
Mariana se puso a desgranar los guisantes.Mariana started to shell the peas.
b. to thresh (wheat)
Los agricultores actualmente utilizan máquinas para desgranar el trigo.Farmers nowadays use machines to thresh the wheat.
c. to cut the kernels off (corn)
Vamos a desgranar los elotes para preparar esquite.We're going to cut the kernels off the cobs to make "esquite."
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to explain in detail)
a. to spell out
El profesor desgranó la compleja teoría para que los alumnos la entendieran.The teacher spelled the complex theory out so that her students would understand it.
desgranarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (to scatter)
a. to become unstrung
Los abalorios de la pulsera se desgranaron al romperse el hilo.The beads of the bracelet became unstrung when the thread broke.
4. (to split up)
a. to separate
Nuestro grupo de amigos se desgranó cuando todos encontramos pareja.Our group of friends separated when all of us began dating someone.
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desgranar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (insultos, oraciones)
a. to spout, to come out with
2. (maíz, trigo)
a. to thresh
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desgranar
transitive verb
1 [+trigo] to thresh; [+guisantes] to shell
desgranar un racimo de uvas to pick the grapes from a bunch; desgranar las cuentas del rosario to tell one's beads
2 [+sentido] to spell out
desgranar mentiras to come out with a string of lies; desgranar imprecaciones to let fly with a string of curses
pronominal verb
desgranarse
1 (Botánica) [+trigo] to shed its grain; [+planta] to drop its seeds
2 [+cuentas] to come unstrung
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