A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to make flat)
a. aplanar
The army flattened the ground where it had passed through.El ejército aplanó el suelo sobre el que pasó.
b. allanar
Next, the steamroller comes through to flatten the tar.Luego, la aplanadora pasa para allanar el alquitrán.
c. alisar
By the time Maria arrived at the ball, the rain had completely flattened her hair.Para cuando María llegó al baile, la lluvia le había alisado el pelo por completo.
d. aplastar
One of the extras flattened Lincoln's top hat when he sat on it.Uno de los extras aplastó el sombrero de copa de Lincoln cuando se sentó en él.
2. (to bring down)
a. arrasar
The supervisor told the demolition crew that they had flattened the wrong building.El supervisor le dijo a la cuadrilla de demolición que habían arrasado con el edificio equivocado.
b. tumbar
The linebacker burst through the offensive line and flattened the quarterback.El linebacker irrumpió por la línea ofensiva y tumbó al quarterback.
3. (music) (United Kingdom)
a. bajar medio tono
The beboppers were famous for flattening the fifths in their melodies.Los músicos de bebop eran famosos por bajar medio tono las quintas en sus melodías.
4. (to press oneself against)
a. pegarse
The spy flattened himself against the wall to listen to the interrogation taking place on the other side.El espía se pegó a la pared para escuchar el interrogatorio que se llevaba a cabo del otro lado.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to become flat)
a. allanarse
Don't worry; the trail flattens at the top of this hill.No te preocupes; el sendero se allana en la cumbre de esta colina.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (make flat)
a. aplastar
2. (ground)
a. allanar
3. (paper)
a. alisar
4. (building, area)
a. arrasar
5. (colloquial)
a. tumbar (in fight)
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flatten [ˈflætn]
transitive verb
1 (compress, squash) [+road, grass] allanar; aplanar; [+hair, paper] alisar
flatten the dough with a rolling pin aplanar or extender la masa con un rodillo
around two-and-a-half tons of beefcake will flatten the grass at Wembley this afternoon Shape this mixture into fingers, then flatten slightly and square the sides his hair stood upright, despite all attempts to flatten it she didn't wear a hat because she didn't want to flatten her new curls with his black hair flattened to his head by the rain
I flattened myself against the wall me pegué a la pared
2 (level out) [+surface] nivelar
3 (knock down) [+building, city] arrasar; [+person] tumbar
he could flatten me with one blow podría tumbarme de un solo golpe
you don't have to threaten to flatten Baghdad the rain completely flattened the gladioli it exploded, obliterating the destroyer and flattening most of the buildings along the docks Buildings were flattened and cars and buses are still buried under rubble he always looks like he's ready to flatten me a 4ft 11in, 8st girl is never going to flatten a 6ft, 15st man
4 (defeat, subdue) desanimar; desalentar
she felt flattened se sintió desalentada
Joan felt flattened: her presence on the stage was no more than a convenience to Hajek many punters will have been flattened by Saturday's results
intransitive verb
1 (lie flat)
the dog's ears flattened el perro bajó las orejas
2 (become flat) [+road, countryside] nivelarse; allanarse
The ravine broadened and flattened into a plain
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