colapsar(
koh
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lahp
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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.).
transitive verb
1. (to jam up)
a. to bring to a standstill
La manifestación colapsó el tráfico en el centro.The demonstration brought the traffic downtown to a standstill.
b. to bring to a halt
La nieve colapsó la circulación.The snow brought traffic to a halt.
c. to block
Un árbol caído colapsó la calle.A fallen tree blocked the street.
d. to paralyze
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Los trabajos de pavimentación colapsaron la circulación en la avenida.The road resurfacing work paralyzed traffic on the avenue.
e. to paralyse (United Kingdom)
Un camión que se averió colapsó el tráfico en la ruta 13.A broken-down truck paralysed traffic on route 13.
2. (to knock down)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. to cause to collapse
El tsunami colapsó la muralla.The tsunami caused the walls to collapse.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (to fall dramatically)
a. to collapse
Los mercados colapsaron y la moneda se depreció.The markets collapsed and the currency depreciated.
colapsarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to fall in)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. to collapse
Se colapsó el techo del aula, pero por suerte los niños estaban afuera.The roof of the classroom collapsed, but luckily the children were outside.
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colapsar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to bring to a halt, to stop
el tráfico ha colapsado las callestraffic has blocked the streets
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (mercado)
a. to collapse
se ha colapsado el tráficotraffic has ground to a halt
colapsar
transitive verb
1 (derribar) to cause to collapse
2 [+tráfico, circulación] to bring to a halt o standstill; [+puerta] to jam; block; [+entrada] to block
intransitive verb
pronominal verb
colapsarse (derrumbarse) to collapse; go to pieces
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