bloquear
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bloquear(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to impede)
a. to block (the traffic or the flow)
Un coche de bomberos bloqueaba el tráfico.A fire engine was blocking the traffic.
b. to obstruct (the traffic or the flow)
En esta posición, la válvula bloquea el flujo de agua.In this position, the valve obstructs the flow of water.
c. to bar (one's way)
Un guardia de seguridad intentó bloquearles el paso sin conseguirlo.A security guard tried to bar their way, but to no avail.
2. (to impede movement through)
a. to block (a road or a pipe)
No puedo meter el auto en el garaje porque una camioneta bloquea la entrada.I can't park in my garage because there's a van blocking the driveway.
b. to obstruct (a road or a pipe)
Al final descubrimos que eran las hojas las que bloqueaban la tubería.Eventually, we found out it was the leaves that were obstructing the pipe.
3. (military)
a. to blockade (a road or a port)
Los tanques bloqueaban todas las salidas de la ciudad.Tanks were blockading all the city's exits.
4. (to isolate)
a. to cut off
En el Pirineo, varios pueblos están bloqueados por la nieve.In the Pyrenees, several towns are cut off by the snow.
5. (to hinder)
a. to block (a project or negotiations)
El proyecto quedó bloqueado debido a la falta de fondos.The project was blocked due to lack of funds.
6. (to make unable to work)
a. to jam (a mechanism)
Unos niños habían bloqueado la cerradura con un palillo.Some children had jammed the lock with a toothpick.
7. (to congest)
a. to jam
Los clientes bloquearon la central telefónica con quejas.Customers jammed the switchboard with complaints.
8. (sports)
a. to block (a player)
En rugby solo se puede bloquear al jugador que tiene el balón.In rugby only the player carrying the ball can be blocked.
9. (automobile)
a. to lock (the steering)
Para bloquear la dirección, tiene que girar el volante hacia la derecha.In order to lock the steering, you need to turn the wheel towards the right.
10. (computing)
a. to lock
Cinco minutos sin usar la computadora bloqueará la computadora.Leaving the computer idle for five minutes will lock the computer.
11. (finance)
a. to freeze (accounts or funds)
El banco bloqueó sus cuentas al detectar movimientos sospechosos.The bank froze his accounts after detecting suspicious activity.
12. (knitting)
a. to block
El patrón recomienda que se bloqueen los cuadros para un mejor acabado.The pattern recommends you block the squares for a neater finish.
bloquearse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
13. (to get stuck)
a. to jam (brakes or mechanism)
Intenté parar, pero los frenos se habían bloqueado.I tried to stop, but the brakes jammed.
b. to jam up (mechanism)
El mecanismo de cierre se bloqueó luego de un par de usos.The locking mechanism jammed up after a few uses.
c. to lock (steering wheel)
El volante se bloqueó y la llave de contacto no gira.The steering wheel locked and the ignition key wouldn't turn.
14. (to have a mental blank)
a. to freeze
Cuando subió al escenario, se bloqueó y no pudo decir ni una palabra.When she went on stage, she froze and couldn't say a word.
b. to have a mental block
No sé qué me pasó en el examen que me bloqueé.I don't know what happened during the exam, but I had a mental block.
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bloquear
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (comunicaciones, carreteras; por nieve, inundación)
a. to block
los manifestantes bloqueaban la salida de la fábricathe demonstrators were blocking the exit to the factory
2. (con ejército, barcos)
a. to blockade
3. (finance)
a. to freeze
4. (acuerdo)
a. to block
5. (mecanismo)
a. to jam
la centralita del ministerio está bloqueadathe ministry's switchboard is jammed
6. (sports)
a. to block
7. (computers)
a. to lock
8. (automotive)
a. to lock
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
9. (atascarse)
a. to be stuck
10. (persona)
a. to freeze
cuando está estresado se bloqueahe just freezes when he's under stress
11. (automotive)
a. to lock
12. (frenos)
a. to jam
13. (computers)
a. to freeze
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bloquear
transitive verb
1 (obstaculizar) [+entrada, salida] to block (off); [+camino, proyecto, proceso] to block
un tractor bloqueaba la carretera the road was blocked by a tractor; a tractor was blocking the road; bloquearon la puerta con un sillón they blocked o barricaded the door with an armchair; los manifestantes bloquearon la calle en protesta the demonstrators blocked the street as a protest; la oposición bloqueó la ley en la cámara the opposition blocked the bill in parliament; la policía nos bloqueó el paso the police barred our way
han bloqueado el diálogo con la guerrilla
2 (atascar) [+mecanismo] to jam (up); block; [+cerradura, línea telefónica] to jam; [+volante] to lock
los oyentes bloquearon la centralita de la emisora listeners jammed the radio station's switchboard
3 (aislar) to cut off
las inundaciones bloquearon el pueblo
quedaron bloqueados por la nieve they were cut off by the snow
4 (Mil) to blockade
5 (Com) (Economía) to freeze
fondos bloqueados frozen assets
6 (Dep) [+jugador] to tackle; [+balón] to stop; trap
pronominal verb
bloquearse
1 (paralizarse) [+persona]
me bloqueé en el examen my mind went blank in the exam; I had a (mental) blank in the exam; cuando me habla me bloqueo when he speaks to me I get completely tongue-tied; me quedé bloqueado ante tanta información I was overwhelmed by the amount of information; siempre me bloqueo ante el peligro I always freeze in the face of danger
2 (atascarse) [+mecanismo] to jam (up)
se bloqueó el sistema de pesas del reloj de casa
[+cerradura, línea telefónica, centralita] to jam; [+frenos, volante] to lock
los frenos del coche se bloquearon
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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