widen

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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to make wider)
a. ensanchar
There will be hold-ups for some months while they're widening the freeway.Habrá retenciones durante unos meses mientras ensanchan la autopista.
2. (to broaden)
a. ampliar
We have widened the scope of the study to include children born after 1990.Hemos ampliado el campo de estudio para incluir a niños nacidos después de 1990.
b. extender
Join a club and widen your circle of friends.Hazte socio de algún club y extiende tu círculo de amistades.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (to become wider)
a. ensancharse
It's easier to cross where the river widens and the land is flatter.Es más fácil cruzar donde se ensancha el río y el terreno es más llano.
4. (to broaden)
a. aumentar
After this latest disagreement, the gap between the liberal and conservative wing of the party has widened.Tras este último desacuerdo, aumentó la brecha entre el ala liberal y el ala conservadora del partido.
5. (to open)
a. ponerse como platos (eyes)
Olga's eyes widened when the rock star walked into the room.Al entrar la estrella de rock en la sala, los ojos de Olga se pusieron como platos.
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widen
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (road, garment)
a. ensanchar, ampliar
2. (fig)
a. ampliar, extender (influence, limits)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (river)
a. ensancharse
4. (gap)
a. acrecentarse
widen [ˈwaɪdn]
transitive verb
1 [+road, river, sleeve] ensanchar
2 [+knowledge, circle of friends] extender; ampliar
intransitive verb
1 (also widen out) ensancharse
the passage widens out into a cave el pasillo se ensancha para formar una caverna
2
the gap between rich and poor has widened ha aumentado la diferencia entre ricos y pobres; the widening gap between the rich and the poor el creciente abismo entre los ricos y los pobres
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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