ensanchar
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ensanchar(
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sahn
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chahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make wider)
a. to widen
Se ensanchó el río para evitar que se inunde el pueblo.The river was widened to protect the town from flooding.
2. (to make larger)
a. to enlarge
¿Puedes ensanchar la fotografía y quitar el fondo?Can you enlarge the photograph and remove the background?
b. to expand
El príncipe ensanchó la ciudad y construyó una muralla.The prince expanded the city and built a wall.
3. (to make looser)
a. to let out
He estado aumentando de peso, así que ensanché la cintura de mis jeans viejos.I've been gaining weight, so I let out my old jeans in the waist.
4. (to increase in scope)
a. to expand
La lectura es el mejor recurso para ensanchar tus conocimientos.Reading is the best way to expand one's knowledge.
b. to broaden
La compañía de seguros planea ensanchar su oferta de servicios.The insurance company plans to broaden its range of services.
c. to extend
El rey forjó alianzas estratégicas para ensanchar su influencia en Europa.The king forged strategic alliances to extend his influence in Europe.
ensancharse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to be proud)
a. to swell with pride
Antonio se ensanchó cuando lo eligieron empleado del mes.Antonio swelled with pride when he was elected employee of the month.
6. (to broaden)
a. to widen
Llovió todo el día y el río se ensanchó.It rained all day and the river widened.
b. to get wider
El barranco se ensanchó con el correr de los años.The ravine got wider over the years.
7. (to get stretched out)
a. to stretch out
Me puse la camiseta de mi hermanito y se ensanchó.I put on my little brother's t-shirt and stretched it out.
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ensanchar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (orificio, calle)
a. to widen
2. (ropa)
a. to let out
3. (ciudad)
a. to expand
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (orificio, calle)
a. to widen, to open out
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ensanchar
transitive verb
(agrandar) to enlarge; widen; (aumentar) to expand; (Cos) to let out;
pronominal verb
ensancharse
1 (ampliarse) [+carretera, río] to get wider; widen; [+vestido, ropa] to stretch; get stretched out
2 (enorgullecerse) to be pleased with o.s.
cada vez que habla de sus hijos se ensancha de orgullo whenever she talks about her children she fills up with pride
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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