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American English: /sprɔl/
British English: /sprɔːl/

Translation of sprawl in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 (person)
    sentarse ( or tumbarse etc. ) de forma poco elegante
    sentarse ( or tumbarse etc. ) todo despatarrado [colloquial]
    he was sprawling all over the sofa
    estaba tumbado en el sofá todo despatarrado [colloquial]
    he sent him sprawling with one punch
    Example sentences
    • A second corpse already lay sprawled at the policeman's boots.
    • Out on the desert white figures lay sprawled dead and dying.
    • The story ends with both lying together sprawled on a bed, as ‘Figures, waiting to be arranged’.
  • 2 (city/town/vine)to sprawl across/over something
    extenderse por algo
    her large handwriting sprawled across the page
    su letra de trazos grandes y desgarbados cubría la página


  • 1 uncountable (of built-up area)
    Example sentences
    • Many architecture critics go beyond opinion about the aesthetics of individual buildings, including reporting on sprawl and urban development.
    • Urban sprawl is taxing the city's infrastructure; local authorities have identified some $3 billion in much-needed transportation improvements.
    • Urban sprawl and chaos create many planning problems.
  • 2 (of person) (no plural) she lay on the bed in a sprawl
    estaba toda despatarrada en la cama [colloquial]
    he fell in a sprawl
    cayó cuan largo era
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