atajar
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atajar(
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to take a shorter way)
a. to take a shortcut
Por esta calle atajaremos y llegaremos mucho antes.We'll take a shortcut through this street and get there faster.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to put an end to something)
a. to put a stop to
Debemos atajar los malos tratos a las mujeres a través de la educación.We must put a stop to the mistreatment of women through education.
b. to stop
El perro atajó al ladrón que quería saltar la valla.The dog stopped the thief who tried to jump the fence.
c. to stem
Gracias al torniquete el médico atajó la pérdida de sangre.Thanks to the tourniquet the doctor was able to stem the blood loss.
d. to contain
Los bomberos intentaron atajar el incendio por todos los medios sin éxito.Firefighters tried to contain the fire by all means without success.
e. to check the spread of
Las autoridades sanitarias atajaron el avance del virus del ébola en Europa.Health authorities checked the spread of the Ebola virus in Europe.
3. (to interrupt)
a. to cut short
Mi madre me atajó antes de que yo revelara sin querer cuál era el regalo de mi hermana.My mother cut me short before I unintentionally revealed what my sister's present was.
4. (to intercept)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to catch
El guardia consiguió atajar al vándalo que había quemado una papelera.The guard was able to to catch the vandal who had burned the trash can.
b. to stop
La mujer policía atajó a dos encapuchados sospechosos.The policewoman stopped the two suspicious guys in hoodies.
atajarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to stop oneself)
a. to stop short
Marta se atajó de dar su opinión porque Ana siempre se enfadaba con ella.Marta stopped short of giving her opinion because Ana always got angry at her.
6. (to feel embarrassed)
a. to feel ashamed of oneself
De pequeña me atajaba por llevar gafas pero ahora me gusta.When I was little I felt ashamed of myself because of my glasses, but now I like them.
7. (to be all of a dither)
a. to be overcome by confusion
Cuando le conté a Paula lo del accidente se atajó y me hizo mil preguntas.When I told Paula about the accident she was overcome by confusion and asked me a thousand questions.
8. (to control oneself) (Southern Cone)
a. to keep one's temper
En lugar de discutir con Miguel, conseguí atajarme y hablar tranquilamente.Instead of arguing with Miguel, I managed to keep my temper and talk calmly.
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atajar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (acortar)
a. to take a shortcut
si bajas por aquí atajasit's quicker if you go down this way
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (contener)
a. to put a stop to
3. (hemorragia, inundación)
a. to stem
las medidas pretenden atajar el problema de la evasión de impuestosthe measures are intended to put a stop to the problem of tax evasion
4. (agarrar)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to catch
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atajar
transitive verb
1 (interceptar) to stop; intercept; [+ruta de fuga] to cut off; (Dep) to tackle; (Latinoamérica) (coger) to catch; catch in flight
atajar un golpe to parry a blow; atajar a algn (Latinoamérica) to hold sb back to stop a fight; (to stop a fight) me quiso atajar al almuerzo (Latinoamérica) she wanted me to stay for lunch
2 [+debate] to cut short; [+discurso etc] to interrupt; [+proceso] to end; stop; call a halt to; [+abuso] to put a stop to
este mal hay que atajarlo we must put an end to this evil
intransitive verb
(tomar un atajo) to take a short cut;por by way of, across; (Automóviles) to cut corners;
pronominal verb
atajarse
1 (detenerse) to stop short
2 (avergonzarse) to feel ashamed of o.s.; (aturdirse) to be overcome by confusion; be all of a dither
3 (S. Cone) (controlarse) to keep one's temper; control o.s.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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