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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to extend)
a. to unfold
El arquitecto desplegó el plano sobre la mesa.The architect unfolded the blueprint over the table.
b. to spread
Vimos el ave desplegar sus alas e irse volando.We saw the bird spread its wings and fly away.
c. to spread out
¿Me ayudas a desplegar el mantel y a poner la mesa?Can you help me spread out the tablecloth and set the table?
d. to open
El guía desplegó el mapa para mostrarnos el recorrido.The guide opened the map to show us the tour.
e. to open out
Haz clic ahí para desplegar las opciones y elige Guardar automáticamente.Click there to open out the options and select "Save automatically."
f. to unfurl
Los manifestantes desplegaron la bandera nacional y la agitaron.The protesters unfurled the national flag and waved it.
2. (military)
a. to deploy
El general ordenó desplegar las tropas en la frontera sur.The general ordered to deploy the troops to the southern border.
3. (to show)
a. to display
Los inversores desplegaron un gran interés en nuestra empresa.The investors displayed a great interest in our company.
4. (to employ)
a. to use
El gobierno desplegó sus recursos para ayudar a los damnificados por el desastre natural.The government used its resources to help the victims of the natural disaster.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to extend)
a. to spread out
Las alas del águila se desplegaron majestuosamente mientras se preparaba para salir de su nido.The eagle's wings spread out majestically as it prepared to leave its nest.
6. (military)
a. to deploy
Los soldados se desplegaron rápidamente y asumieron una posición defensiva.The soldiers deployed quickly and assumed a defensive position.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (tela, periódico, mapa)
a. to unfold
2. (alas)
a. to spread, to open
3. (bandera)
a. to unfurl
4. (cualidad)
a. to display
5. (military)
a. to deploy
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transitive verb
1 (extender) [+mapa, mantel] to unfold; [+periódico] to open; open out; [+alas] to spread; [+bandera, velas] to unfurl
2 (Mil) [+misiles, tropas] to deploy
3 (utilizar) [+energías] to use; [+recursos] to deploy
4 [+misterio] to clarify
pronominal verb
1 (extenderse) [+flor] to open; open out; [+alas] to spread; spread out
2 (Mil) to deploy
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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