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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to initiate)
a. to start
Estamos dispuestos a entablar un debate muy serio sobre la necesidad de reorganizar la empresa.We are ready to start a serious discussion about the need to restructure the company.
b. to start up
Claudia es muy tímida y se le dificulta entablar conversaciones con desconocidos.Claudia is very shy, and she finds it difficult to start up conversations with strangers.
c. to strike up
Carla y yo conocimos hace dos meses y enseguida entablamos una buena amistad.Carla and I met two months ago and immediately struck up a good friendship.
d. to enter into
Mi empresa acaba de entablar negociaciones para la compra de un nuevo edificio de oficinas.My company just entered into negotiations for the purchase of a new office building.
e. to open
Después de 54 años, los Estados Unidos y Cuba por fin volvieron a entablar relaciones comerciales.After 54 years, the United States and Cuba have at last opened trade relations again.
2. (board games)
a. to set up
Podemos comenzar a jugar; ya entablé todas las piezas en el tablero de ajedrez.We can start playing; I already set up all the pieces on the chess board.
3. (medicine)
a. to put in a splint
Cuando mi hijo se partió el dedo meñique, le tuvieron que entablar todo el brazo.When my son broke his pinky finger, they had to put his whole arm in a splint.
4. (to build a wooden floor)
a. to board
Primero entablamos el piso, y luego alfombramos la habitación.First we boarded the floor, and then we carpeted the room.
b. to put down
Como le tengo alergia al polvo, removimos todas las alfombras y entablamos los pisos de la casa.Since I'm allergic to dust, we ripped up all the carpets and put down floorboards in our house.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (suelo)
a. to put down floorboards on
2. (iniciar; conversación, amistad)
a. to strike up
3. (negocio)
a. to start up
4. (entablillar)
a. to put in a splint
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transitive verb
1 [+suelo] to board (in); board (up)
2 (empezar) [+conversación] to strike up; [+negocio] to enter into; embark upon; [+proceso] to file; [+reclamación] to put in
3 (Ajedrez) to set up
4 (Med) to splint; put in a splint
intransitive verb
(Ajedrez) to draw
pronominal verb
entablarse [+viento] to settle
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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