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A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to cease movement)
a. to stop
Ellos se detuvieron en seco cuando escucharon la sirena.They stopped in their tracks when they heard the siren.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to halt)
a. to stop
El accidente detuvo la circulación de tráfico por completo.The accident stopped the flow of traffic completely.
3. (to detain)
a. to arrest
La policía detuvo al criminal tan pronto como lo encontraron.The police arrested the criminal as soon as they found him.
4. (to hold up)
a. to delay
Un ladrón detuvo a la policía mientras el otro se escapó con el dinero.One robber delayed the police while the other got away with the money.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (parar)
a. to stop
consiguieron detener la hemorragiathey managed to stop the bleeding
estaba decidido, nada podía detenerlohe had made up his mind, nothing could stop him
2. (arrestar)
a. to arrest
3. (entretener)
a. to keep, to delay
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (pararse)
a. to stop
detenerse a hacer algoto stop to do something
se detuvo a hablar con una amiga y llegó tardeshe stopped to talk to a friend and was late
5. (demorarse)
a. to hang about, to linger
no te detengas tanto con la presentación y ve al granodon't spend so much time on the presentation and get to the point
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transitive verb
1 (parar) to stop
me detuvo en la calle he stopped me in the street
2 (retrasar) to hold up; delay
detener el progreso de algo to hold up the progress of sth; no quiero detenerlo I don't want to keep o delay you
3 (retener) [+objeto] to keep
4 (Jur) (arrestar) to arrest; (encarcelar) to detain
pronominal verb
1 (pararse) to stop
¡no te detengas! don't hang about!; se detuvo a mirarlo he stopped to look at it
2 (demorarse) to waste time;en on
se detiene mucho en eso he's taking a long time over that
no voy a detenerme en dar los detalles se detuvo en comentarios que no interesaban a nadie no te detengas en la presentación, ve directamente al grano
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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