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"Blow up" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "hacer explotar", and "pump up" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "inflar". Learn more about the difference between "blow up" and "pump up" below.
blow up(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to explode)
a. hacer explotar
The demolition crew blew up the building.El equipo de demolición hizo explotar el edificio.
b. volar
The army blew up every bridge in the area during the war.El ejército voló todos los puentes de la región durante la guerra.
2. (to inflate)
a. inflar
Do you know how to blow up a basketball with a pump?¿Sabes cómo inflar una pelota de baloncesto con un inflador de mano?
b. poner aire
I fixed the flat on my bicycle tire and then blew it up.Arreglé la llanta desinflada de la bicicleta y luego le puse aire.
c. hinchar
We blew up dozens of balloons for decoration at the birthday party.Hinchamos docenas de globos como decoración para la fiesta de cumpleaños.
3. (to enlarge)
a. ampliar
This is a nice picture. Can you blow it up to an eight by ten?Esta foto salió linda. ¿La puedes ampliar a ocho por diez?
b. hacer una ampliación de
We're going to blow this picture of our daughters up.Vamos a hacer una ampliación de esta foto de mis hijas.
4. (to exaggerate)
a. exagerar
The minister blew up the incident to the point that an international conflict developed.El ministro exageró el incidente a tal grado que se convirtió en un conflicto internacional.
5. (to reprimand; used with "at")
a. regañar
The manager blew up at the bellboy for forgetting a piece of luggage in the lobby.El gerente regañó al botones por olvidar una pieza de equipaje en el vestíbulo.
b. retar (Southern Cone)
My dad blew up at me for letting the dog in.Mi papá me retó por dejar entrar al perro.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
6. (to explode)
a. estallar
Some sticks of dynamite blew up unexpectedly in the mine shaft, causing it to implode.Unos cartuchos de dinamita estallaron de manera inesperada en el pozo de la mina, haciendo que implosionara.
b. explotar
An explosive device blew up at a mall in the city center.Un artefacto explosivo explotó en un centro comercial en el centro de la ciudad.
c. hacer explosión
Another car bomb blew up in front of a hotel near the war zone.Otro carro bomba hizo explosión frente a un hotel cerca de la zona de guerra.
7. (to develop)
a. desatarse
We had to run back home when the storm blew up.Tuvimos que volver corriendo a casa cuando se desató la tormenta.
8. (to become angry)
a. explotar
James blew up when he found out that his dog had eaten the winning lottery ticket.James explotó cuando se enteró que su perro había comido el boleto ganador de la lotería.
b. ponerse furioso
The teacher blew up for no reason at all.La maestra se puso furiosa por ningún motivo.
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pump up(
puhmp
 
uhp
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to fill with air)
a. inflar
I need to pump my bike tires up.Tengo que inflar los neumáticos de mi bici.
b. hinchar
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Will you help me pump up some balloons for the party?¿Me ayudas a hinchar unos globos para la fiesta?
2.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(to increase the value of)
a. inflar
That broker was accused of pumping up the prices of stock before selling them.Ese corredor fue acusado de inflar los precios de las acciones antes de venderlas.
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