barrer

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barrer(
bah
-
rrehr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to clean with broom)
a. to sweep
Barrí el piso y desempolvé las persianas como parte de mi limpieza primaveral.I swept the floors and dusted the blinds as part of my spring cleaning.
2. (to carry away)
a. to sweep
Las fuertes olas del mar barrían todo a su alrededor.The strong ocean waves swept everything around them.
3. (to search)
a. to sweep
Barrí la grama con la linterna para tratar de encontrar mis llaves.I swept the grass with my flashlight to see if I could find my keys.
4. (to defeat)
a. to sweep
Nuestros soldados barrieron al enemigo.Our soldiers swept the enemy.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to clean with broom)
a. to sweep
Ya barrí, me falta trapear.I already swept, now I have to mop.
6. (to win)
a. to sweep to victory
El nuevo partido barrió en las elecciones locales.The new party swept to victory in the local elections.
7. (to take everything; used with "con")
a. to clean out
Los niños barrieron con toda la comida que había preparado.The kids cleaned out all the food I had prepared.
barrerse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
8. (vehicle)
Regionalism used in Honduras
(Honduras)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
a. to skid
El piso mojado hizo que el auto se barriera.The wet floor made the car skid.
9. (horse)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to shy
El caballo se barrió al oír un ruido tan fuerte.The horse shied when it heard such a strong sound.
10. (baseball or soccer)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. to slide
García se barrió en la tercera base.García slid into third base.
11. (screw)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to strip
El tornillo de la puerta se barrió.The screw on the door stripped.
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barrer
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (con escoba)
a. to sweep
2. (sujeto: viento, olas)
a. to sweep away
el huracán barrió todo a su pasothe hurricane destroyed everything in its path
3. (inform & med)
a. to scan
4. (colloquial)
a. to thrash, to annihilate
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (general)
a.
barrer conto finish off, to make short work of
6. (fig)
a.
barrer hacia o para adentroto look after number one
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barrer
transitive verb
1 (con escoba) to sweep; [+suelo] to sweep; sweep clean; [+habitación] to sweep (out); [+objeto] to sweep aside; sweep away
2 (Mil) (Náutica) to sweep o rake with gunfire; (with gunfire)
3 (eliminar) [+obstáculo] to sweep aside; sweep away; [+rival] to sweep aside; overwhelm; [+dudas] to sweep aside; dispel
los candidatos del partido barrieron a sus adversarios the party's candidates swept their rivals aside
barrer con todo to make a clean sweep
intransitive verb
1 (con escoba) to sweep up
2 (llevarse)
barrer para o hacia dentro to look after number one
comprar algo al barrer (S. Cone) to buy sth in a job lot
pronominal verb
barrerse
1 (México) [+caballo] to shy; start
2 (México) (humillarse) to grovel
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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