la transición
-the transition
See the entry for transición.


This word must begin with a capital letter and be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 2a).
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (period of change)
a. transition
La transición de mando al nuevo presidente resultó más complicada de lo que se esperaba.The transition of power to the new president turned out to be more complicated than expected.
2. (Spanish historical period)
a. transition to democracy
La Transición significó muchos cambios repentinos para el pueblo español.The transition to democracy brought many sudden changes to the Spanish people.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. transition
periodo de transicióntransition period
transición democráticatransition to democracy
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transition;a to;de from
período de transición transitional period; la transición (España) (Política) the transition to democracy after Franco's death; (to democracy after Franco's death)
The death of General Franco on 20 November 1975 ushered in a period of transition to democracy in Spain which was to end with the democratic transfer of power to the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Party) on 28 November 28 1982.
On 22 November 1975 Juan Carlos I was proclaimed king. Though initially handicapped by a constitutional system devised by Franco, the King was able to appoint the aperturista Adolfo Suárez as Prime Minister in July 1976.
Within three months Suárez rushed through a political reform bill introducing universal suffrage and a two-chamber parliament which was put to a referendum and endorsed by 94.2% of the electorate. Political parties were legalized and elections were held on 15 June 1977. Suárez and his party, the newly-formed UCD (Unión de Centro Democrático), won without gaining an overall majority. Through accords with the other parties - the Pactos de la Moncloa - they were able to manage the transitional process, which included the drafting and endorsement of the 1978 Constitution.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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