Preteriteellos/ellas/ustedesconjugation ofcercar.


A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to encircle)
a. to enclose
El granjero cercó la huerta para que no entraran los animales.The farmer enclosed the orchard to keep animals away.
b. to fence
El vaquero cercó el pastizal con alambre de púas.The cowboy fenced the pastureland with barbed wire.
c. to fence in
Cercamos el terreno donde vamos a construir la casa.We've fenced in the plot on which we are going to build our house.
2. (to gather round)
a. to surround
La policía cercó el edificio abandonado en que se escondía el sospechoso.The police surrounded the abandoned building where the suspect was hiding.
3. (military)
a. to besiege (a town or city)
El general ordenó cercar la ciudad y bombardearla.The general gave the order to besiege and shell the city.
b. to surround (troops)
Las tropas enemigas cercaron al regimiento de infantería y lo obligaron a rendirse.The enemy troops surrounded the infantry regiment and forced them to surrender.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (vallar)
a. to fence (off)
2. (rodear, acorralar)
a. to surround
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transitive verb
1 [+campo, terreno] to enclose; (con vallas) to fence in; wall in
2 [+persona] to surround; ring
3 (Mil) [+pueblo, ciudad] to surround; besiege; [+tropas] to cut off; surround
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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