demorarse

demorarse(
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moh
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to be held up)
a. to be delayed
Discúlpenme por llegar tarde. Me demoré en una reunión.I'm sorry I'm late. I was delayed in a meeting.
2. (to spend a certain amount of time)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to take
Nos demoramos cuatro horas en ir de aquí a Madrid.It takes us four hours to go from here to Madrid.
3. (to spend too long)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to take long
Le dije que no me iba a demorar, pero no me quiso esperar.I told him I wouldn't take long, but he wouldn't wait for me.
b. to be long
Nosotros ya estamos en la estación. No te demores que el tren sale en media hora.We are already at the station. Don't be long because the train leaves in half an hour.
c. to take a long time
La aerolínea se demoró en responder a mi queja.The airline took a long time to answer my complaint.
4. (to arrive late)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to be late
Si te demoras, no te espero. No quiero perderme el principio de la película.If you're late, I won't wait for you. I don't want to miss the beginning of the movie.
demorar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
5. (to set back)
a. to delay
La falta de fondos demoró las obras.The works were delayed by lack of funds.
b. to hold up
El tráfico nos demoró y llegamos tardísimo a casa.We were held up in traffic, and arrived home very late.
6. (to spend a certain time on)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to take
Demoraron cinco horas en arreglar la avería eléctrica.They took five hours to repair the electrical fault.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
7. (to spend too long)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to take long
Demoró demasiado en solicitar el puesto y ya se lo han dado a otro.He took too long to apply for the job, and now they've given it to somebody else.
b. to be long
No demores o no llegaremos a tiempo.Don't be long or we won't get there on time.
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demorar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to delay
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (tardar)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a.
¡no demores!don't be late!
este quitamanchas demora en actuarthis stain remover takes a while to work
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (retrasarse)
a. to be delayed
4. (detenerse)
a. to stop (somewhere)
5. (llegar tarde)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to be late
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demorar
transitive verb
[+viaje] to delay; [+llegada, terminación] to hold up;
intransitive verb
1 (detenerse) to stay on; linger on
¡no demores! don't be long!
2 (perder tiempo) to waste time
demorar en hacer algo (Latinoamérica) to take a long time to do sth; be slow in doing sth; no demores mucho don't be too long
pronominal verb
demorarse
2 (tardar mucho) to take a long time; be slow
¿cuántos días se demora para ir allá? (Latinoamérica) how many days does it take to get there?; demorarse en hacer algo to take a long time to do sth; be slow in doing sth
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