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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to distribute in time)
a. to stagger
Prefiero escalonar los pagos para no quedarme sin un centavo a fin de mes.I prefer to stagger the payments so as not to be left penniless at the end of the month.
b. to spread out
Carol empezó a escalonar las visitas a su madre hasta que dejó totalmente de visitarla.Carol started to spread out her visits to her mother until she stopped seeing her altogether.
2. (to arrange in step form)
a. to terrace
Vamos a escalonar esta pendiente en cinco gradas.We're going to terrace this slope into five tiers.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to be distributed successively in time)
a. to be phased in
The tax increases were phased in over a period of two years.Los incrementos en los impuestos se escalonaron a lo largo de un período de dos años.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (en el tiempo)
a. to spread out
2. (terreno)
a. to terrace
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transitive verb
1 (distribuir) (gen) to spread out at intervals; [+tierra] to terrace; [+horas de trabajo] to stagger; [+novedad] to phase in;
2 (Mil) to echelon
3 (Med) [+dosis] to regulate
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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