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"Dificultar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to hinder", and "obstaculizar" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to hinder". Learn more about the difference between "dificultar" and "obstaculizar" below.
dificultar(
dee
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fee
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kool
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tahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to complicate)
a. to hinder
La presencia de osos polares en la zona dificultó el desarrollo de nuestra investigación en el Ártico.The presence of polar bears in the area hindered the progress of our research in the Arctic.
b. to hamper
El mal tiempo dificultó nuestra subida a la cima.Our climb to the summit was hampered by bad weather.
c. to make difficult
Los imprevistos dificultaron el trabajo de investigación que yo llevaba a cabo.The unforeseen events made the research work I was doing difficult.
d. stand in the way of
La falta de fondos dificulta el progreso de los avances tecnológicos en el país.The lack of funds stands in the way of the country's progress in technological advances.
2. (to impede)
a. to obstruct
Las ramas caídas dificultaban el acceso a la propiedad.The fallen branches obstructed the access to the property.
3. (to limit)
a. to restrict
Las faldas de tubo ajustadas dificultan el movimiento al caminar.Tight pencil skirts restrict movement when you walk.
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obstaculizar(
ohbs
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tah
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koo
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lee
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sahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to hinder
Hubo varios factores que obstaculizaron el proceso de cambio en la región.There were several factors that hindered the process of change in the region.
b. to hamper
El avance de las obras se vio obstaculizado por la falta de fondos.The progress of the works was hampered by lack of funds.
c. to hold up
Un accidente cerca de la estación está obstaculizando el tránsito.An accident near the station is holding up traffic.
d. to obstruct
El ministro acusó al senador Gómez de obstaculizar las negociaciones.The minister accused senator Gomez of obstructing negotiations.
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