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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to go baggy)
a. to stretch out
El cuello de este suéter viejo se ha desbocado con el tiempo.The collar of this old sweater has stretched out over time.
2. (to lose control)
a. to bolt (animal)
La yegua se desbocó y el jinete no pudo controlarla.The mare bolted and the rider could not control her.
b. to get out of control
Los estudiantes que manifestaban delante el edificio administrativo empezaron a desbocarse.The students who were protesting in front of the administrative building started to get out of control.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to break the edge of)
a. to break the rim of
Juan desbocó un recipiente de cerámica mientras lo lavaba.Juan broke the rim of a ceramic pot when he was cleaning it.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to empty)
a. to flow
Este río desboca directamente en el océano Altántico.This river flows directly into the Atlantic Ocean.
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (caballo)
a. to bolt
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transitive verb
[+vasija, taza] to break the rim of
intransitive verb
pronominal verb
1 (descontrolarse) [+caballo] to bolt; [+multitud] to run riot; get out of control
2 [+vestido, jersey] to go baggy
3 [+persona] (insultar) to let out a stream of insults
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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