embotellar

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embotellar(
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boh
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to put in a bottle)
a. to bottle
Embotellamos el vino y lo enviamos a la bodega.We bottled the wine and sent it to the cellar.
2. (to hold up)
a. to block
Una manifestación está embotellando el tráfico en el centro de la ciudad.A demonstration is blocking the traffic downtown.
3. (to obstruct ships)
a. to bottle up
Los rebeles hundieron barcos en el río para embotellar a las fragatas enemigas y dispararles con cañones desde la costa.The rebels sank ships in the river to bottle up the enemy frigates and shoot them with cannons from the shore.
embotellarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to memorize)
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
a. to learn by heart
El político se había embotellado el discurso antes de subir al escenario.The politician had learned the speech by heart before going on stage.
5. (to be stuck in traffic)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. to get caught in a traffic jam
Nos embotellamos y llegamos a la reunión con una hora de retraso.We got caught in a traffic jam and arrived to the meeting an hour late.
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embotellar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (tráfico)
a. to block
2. (líquido)
a. to bottle
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embotellar
transitive verb
1 [+líquido] to bottle
2 (Mil) to bottle up
3 (S. Cone) (Caribe) [+discurso] to prepare beforehand; memorize
pronominal verb
embotellarse
1 (Automóviles) [+tráfico] to get into a jam; [+vehículo] to get caught in a traffic jam
2 (Caribe) to learn a speech off by heart
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