A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to spray with liquid)
a. to splash
Tirémonos de bomba a la piscina y así salpicamos a nuestras mamás.Let's cannonball into the pool and splash our moms.
b. to spatter
¡Ese coche me salpicó barro a propósito!That car spattered me with mud on purpose!
c. to sprinkle
Salpica las hojas de rúcula con jugo de limón.Sprinkle the arugula leaves with lemon juice.
2. (to affect)
a. to taint
El escándalo de corrupción salpicó a todos en el Congreso.The corruption scandal tainted everyone in Congress.
b. to ruin
El caso de acoso sexual salpicó a dos miembros del cuerpo docente.Two members of the faculty were ruined by the sexual harassment case.
3. (to spread)
a. to pepper
Su primer poema estaba salpicado de repeticiones y metáforas.Her first poem was peppered with repetition and metaphor.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (con líquido)
a. to splash, to spatter
2. (en reputación)
el escándalo salpicó al presidentethe president was tainted by the scandal
3. (diseminar)
a. to pepper
transitive verb
1 (manchar) (de barro, pintura) to splash;de with; (de agua) to sprinkle;de with; [+tela] to dot; fleck;de with;
salpicar un coche de barro
salpicar agua sobre el suelo to sprinkle water on the floor; la multitud de islas que salpican el océano the host of islands dotted about the ocean; este asunto salpica al gobierno this affair hasn't left the government untouched; the government has been tainted by this affair
2 [+conversación, discurso] to sprinkle;de with
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