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"Break out" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "escaparse", and "explode" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "explotar". Learn more about the difference between "break out" and "explode" below.
break out(
breyk
 
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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
1. (to escape; used with "of")
a. escaparse
Somehow, my parrot managed to break out of his cage.De alguna manera, mi loro logró escaparse de su jaula.
b. fugarse
The soldier broke out of the prisoner camp by tunneling underneath the fence.El soldado se fugó del campamento de prisioneros haciendo un túnel por debajo de la valla.
c. salirse
The Beatles' success allowed them to experiment and break out of the mold.El éxito de los Beatles les permitió experimentar y salirse del molde.
2. (to develop; often used with "in" or "into")
a. salir
That facial lotion you gave me made me break out really bad.Esa loción facial que me diste me hizo salir muchísimos granos.
b. aparecer
Elisa started breaking out in hives from all the stress.A Elisa le empezaron a aparecer ronchas a causa del estrés.
c. dar
Luis broke out into a cold sweat when he saw the total in the restaurant bill.A Luis le dio un sudor frío cuando vio el total en la cuenta del restaurante.
3. (to be unleashed)
a. estallar
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
A fight broke out just as the bar was closing.Estalló una pelea justo cuando estaban cerrando el bar.
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
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(start using)
a. sacar
At ten o'clock, they broke out the drums, and that's when the party really started.A las diez, sacaron los tambores, y fue entonces que se formó la rumba de verdad.
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explode(
ehks
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plod
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to blow up)
a. explotar
The lightning struck the gas tank and it exploded.El rayo le pegó al tanque de gas, que explotó.
b. estallar
He lit the fuse and took cover while waiting for the dynamite to explode.Encendió la mecha y se puso a cubierto mientras esperó que la dinamita estallara.
c. hacer explosión
He quickly pulled off the road when his tire exploded.Rápidamente se orilló cuando la llanta hizo explosión.
2. (to express sudden emotion)
a. explotar
Sam exploded in anger when he saw what the vandals had done to his car.Sam explotó de ira cuando vio lo que los vándalos le habían hecho a su coche.
b. estallar
Sandra explodes with rage whenever anyone mentions her ex-boyfriend.Sandra estalla de rabia cada vez que alguien menciona a su exnovio.
c. reventar
The courtroom exploded with laughter, and a prompt recess was called.La sala del tribunal reventó de risa, y se solicitó un receso inmediato.
3. (to grow rapidly)
a. dispararse
After the release of our new product, third quarter sales exploded.Después del lanzamiento de nuestro nuevo producto, las ventas del tercer trimestre se dispararon.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to blow up)
a. hacer explotar
The insurgents exploded an oil pipeline.Los insurgentes hicieron explotar un oleoducto.
b. hacer estallar
The terrorists blew up a supermarket.Los terroristas hicieron estallar un supermercado.
c. explosionar
They exploded the helicopter with C4.Explosionaron el helicóptero con C4.
5. (to refute)
a. desmentir
He exploded the rumor of his resignation in a public statement.Desmintió el rumor de su renuncia en una declaración pública.
b. refutar
Available evidence has exploded the theory that the heaviest brain is necessarily the most highly developed.Los datos disponibles han refutado la teoría de que el cerebro más pesado es necesariamente el más desarrollado.
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