A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to strew)
a. to scatter
El viento diseminó las hojas caídas por todo el jardín.The wind scattered the fallen leaves all over the yard.
b. to disseminate
El jardinero diseminó las semillas y las regó.The gardener disseminated the seeds and watered them.
c. to spread
Usa un pisapapeles o el viento diseminará tus papeles por todo el cuarto.Use a paperweight or the wind will spread your papers all over the room.
2. (to propagate)
a. to spread
Los romanos diseminaron su cultura por todo el continente.The Romans spread their culture all over the continent.
b. to disseminate
Varias radios clandestinas diseminaron rápidamente la noticia de los disturbios.Various underground radio stations quickly disseminated the news of the riots.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (to be strewn)
a. to disperse
Las nubes se diseminaron y el sol iluminó los campos.The clouds dispersed and the sunlight illuminated the fields.
b. to scatter
Los restos del barco naufragado se diseminaron por el mar.The wreckage from the shipwreck scattered across the sea.
4. (to propagate)
a. to spread
El rey murió y la noticia no tardó en diseminarse.The king died and it didn't take very long for the news to spread.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (semillas)
a. to scatter
2. (ideas, culturas)
a. to spread, to disseminate
transitive verb
to spread; disseminate (formal)
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