arrasar
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arrasar(
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rrah
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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. (to obliterate)
a. to raze to the ground
El ambientalista se encadenó a un árbol para impedir que el gobierno arrasara el bosque.The environmentalist chained himself to a tree to prevent the government from razing the forest to the ground.
b. to destroy
Los soldados arrasaron el castillo del enemigo con rocas y catapultas.The soldiers destroyed the enemy's castle with boulders and catapults.
c. to devastate
Los invasores arrasaron numerosas ciudades durante la guerra.The invaders devastated numerous cities during the war.
d. to level
Los trabajadores arrasaron el restaurante para construir un nuevo bloque de pisos.The workers leveled the restaurant to construct a new apartment building.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to prosper)
a. to sweep to victory
El equipo alemán arrasó por el tercer año consecutivo.The German team swept to victory for the third year in a row.
b. to triumph
Todo lo que necesitaban era que el nombre del director apareciera impreso en el material publicitario para que la película arrasara en el mercado.All they needed was the director's name on the promotional materials for the movie to triumph in the market.
arrasarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to overfill)
a. to fill up
Ella sentía que los ojos se le arrasaban de lágrimas a medida que hablaba de la muerte de su tío.She could feel her eyes filling up with tears as she spoke about her uncle's death.
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arrasar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to destroy, to devastate
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
el equipo brasileño arrasó en la primera fasethe Brazilian team swept everything before it in the first stage
esa película arrasó en toda Europathe film was a massive success throughout Europe
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arrasar
transitive verb
1 (nivelar) to level; [+edificio] to demolish; (esp en guerra) to raze to the ground; [+ciclón, terremoto] to devastate
2 (colmar) to fill to the brim
intransitive verb
1 (Meteorología) to clear
2 (triunfar) to triumph; achieve a great success; (Política) etc to sweep the board
pronominal verb
arrasarse (Meteorología) to clear
se le arrasaron los ojos de o en lágrimas her eyes filled with tears
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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