desmoronar

desmoronar(
dehs
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moh
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roh
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nahr
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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 knock down)
a. to cause to crumble
El tsunami desmoronó el rompeolas.The tsunami caused the breakwater to crumble.
b. to cause to collapse
Fue el fuego de artillería del enemigo lo que desmoronó la torre.It was the artillery fire from the enemy that caused the tower to collapse.
desmoronarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (to come down)
a. to crumble
El obelisco se desmoronó con el terremoto.The obelisk crumbled during the earthquake.
b. to collapse
El techo de la casa se desmoronó, pero, por suerte, no había nadie adentro.The ceiling of the house collapsed, but luckily nobody was inside.
3. (to have a breakdown)
a. to go to pieces
Antonio se desmoronó cuando se enteró de la muerte de su hijo.Antonio went to pieces when he found out about his son's death.
4. (to decline)
a. to collapse
El imperio comenzó a desmoronarse por las invasiones bárbaras.The empire began to collapse as a result of to the barbarian invasions.
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desmoronar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (edificio, roca)
a. to cause to crumble
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (edificio, roca, ideales)
a. to crumble, to fall to pieces
3. (persona)
a. to go to pieces
4. (imperio)
a. to fall apart
desmoronar
transitive verb
1 (desgastar) to wear away
2 (erosionar) to erode
la erosión ha desmoronado loa muros erosion has caused the walls to crumble
pronominal verb
desmoronarse
1 (derrumbarse) [+montaña, casa] to crumble; [+ladrillos] to fall; come down
2 (decaer) to decay
tras la muerte de su marido se desmoronó after her husband's death she went to pieces
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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