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A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
1. (to enter secretly)
a. to infiltrate
Un policía se infiltró en la banda criminal y logró desarticularla.A policeman infiltrated the criminal gang and he managed to dismantle it.
2. (to spread)
a. to permeate
Estas ideas se infiltraron en la cultura a lo largo de los siglos.These ideas permeated the culture throughout the centuries.
3. (to penetrate)
a. to filter
Había amanecido, y la luz se infiltraba por las rendijas de la persiana.It was dawn now, and light was filtering through the slits in the shutter.
b. to seep
El agua se había infiltrado en el sótano, y las cajas estaban mojadas.Water had seeped into the cellar, and the boxes were wet.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to introduce secretly)
a. to infiltrate
La policía había conseguido infiltrar a dos de sus agentes en la organización mafiosa.Police had managed to infiltrate two of its agents into the mafia organization.
5. (medicine)
a. to infiltrate
Al infiltrar la sustancia en el tejido adiposo, esta disuelve el exceso de grasa.When infiltrating the substance into the fatty tissue, it dissolves the excess fat.
b. to inject
El tratamiento consiste en infiltrar el medicamento en las articulaciones afectadas.The treatment entails injecting the drug into the affected joints.
6. (to instill)
a. to infiltrate
El grupo político se sirve de la propaganda para infiltrar sus ideas en los estudiantes universitarios.The political group makes use of propaganda to infiltrate its ideas into college students.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (inyectar)
a. to inject
2. (ideas)
a. to infiltrate
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (general)
a. to infiltrate
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transitive verb
1 [+espía, policía] to infiltrate
han infiltrado un agente en la organización they have infiltrated an agent into the organization
2 (Med) to infiltrate
pronominal verb
1 [+espía, agente] to infiltrate
el detective se infiltró en la banda de mafiosos the detective infiltrated the mafia ring; consiguieron infiltrarse en territorio rumano they succeeded in infiltrating into Romanian territory; se infiltró en la red informática de la NASA he hacked into NASA's computer network
2 [+ideas, costumbres] to permeate
el liberalismo se fue infiltrando entre los intelectuales liberalism gradually permeated the intelligentsia
3 [+líquido] to seep; [+luz] to filter
la humedad se había ido infiltrando en el techo the damp had seeped through the ceiling
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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