distribuir
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distribuir(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to deal out)
a. to distribute
La Cruz Roja distribuyó la comida entre los más pobres.The Red Cross distributed the food among the poorest people.
b. to hand out
El profesor distribuyó los cuestionarios a los estudiantes.The teacher handed out the questionnaires to the students.
c. to give out
La empresa distribuyó los premios en una breve ceremonia.The company gave out the prizes in a short ceremony.
d. to allocate
Siempre distribuimos las tareas de casa por sorteo.We always allocate the household tasks by drawing lots.
e. to spread
Distribuyan mejor la carga o se caerá por el peso.Spread the load more evenly or the weight will make it fall over.
f. to deliver (mail)
Nuestro cartero distribuye el correo antes de mediodía.Our mailman delivers the mail before midday.
2. (to separate)
a. to divide
Los profesores distribuyeron a los alumnos en grupos de cuatro.The teachers divided the students into groups of four.
3. (commerce)
a. to distribute
La productora decidió no distribuir la película.The production company decided not to distribute the film.
4. (to organize)
a. to arrange
¿Quién distribuyó los muebles de la cocina?Who arranged the kitchen furniture?
b. to lay out
Como arquitecta, yo sé distribuir los cuartos según su uso.As an architect, I know how to lay out rooms according to their use.
distribuirse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
5. (to separate)
a. to spread out
Después de llegar al museo, nos distribuimos por las diversas salas para ver las piezas.After arriving at the museum, we spread out into the different rooms to see the exhibits.
b. to split up
Quiero que se distribuyen en equipos de cuatro para discutir sus planes para el proyecto final.I want you to split up into groups of four to discuss your plans for the final project.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to share)
a. to share out
Los accionistas se dividieron los dividendos a final de año.The shareholders shared out the dividends at the end of the year.
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distribuir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (repartir)
a. to distribute
2. (carga, trabajo)
a. to spread
3. (pastel, ganancias)
a. to divide up
4. (correo, propaganda)
a. to deliver
5. (commerce)
a. to distribute
distribuyen comida entre los pobresthey give out food to the poor, they distribute food among the poor
distribuir las tareasto divide up o share out the tasks
6. (disponer)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
una casa muy bien distribuidaa house with a very nice layout
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (repartirse)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
nos distribuimos las tareas domésticaswe share the household chores
8. (colocarse)
a. to spread out
los alumnos se distribuyeron en pequeños gruposthe pupils got themselves into small groups
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distribuir
transitive verb
1 (repartir) [+víveres, mercancía, película] to distribute; [+correo] to deliver; [+trabajo, tarea] to allocate; [+folletos] (en buzones) to distribute; (en mano) to hand out;
2 (entregar) [+premios] to give out; [+dividendos] to pay
3 (Técnica) [+carga] to stow; arrange; [+peso] to distribute equally
4 (Archit) to plan; lay out
pronominal verb
distribuirse
1 (colocarse)
nos distribuimos en grupos de cuatro we got into groups of four
2 (repartirse) to share out
Se distribuyen el trabajo entre ellos.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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