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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to invent
Tres alumnos ingeniaron un sistema automático para irrigar las plantas.Three students invented an automatic system to irrigate the plants.
b. to devise
El homicida ingenió un plan para incriminar al hermano de la víctima.The murderer devised a plan to incriminate the victim's brother.
c. to think up
Yo ingenié un método para clasificar las cartas.I thought up a method for classifying the letters.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to invent, to devise
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (general)
ingeniárselasto manage, to engineer it
no sé cómo se las ingenia, pero siempre gana élI don't know how he does it, but he always wins
ingeniárselas para hacer algoto manage o contrive to do something
se las ingenió para no tener que lavar los platosshe managed to wangle her way out of doing the dishes
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transitive verb
to devise; think up
pronominal verb
ingeniarse con algo to manage with sth; make do with sth; ingeniárselas para hacer algo to manage to do sth
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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