empollar
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empollar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to hatch)
a. to brood
El pato estaba en la sombra empollando sus huevos.The duck was in the shade brooding its eggs.
El águila macho está buscando comida mientras la hembra empolla los huevos.The male eagle is looking for food while the female is brooding the eggs.
b. to incubate
Una gallina empolla como 12 huevos a la vez.A hen incubates about 12 eggs at a time.
c. to sit on
El ave pasó 21 días empollando sus huevos.The bird spent 21 days sitting on its eggs.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to study hard)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to cram
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Julia pretendía empollar todo el libro la noche antes de la prueba.Julia intended to cram the whole book the night before the test.
b. to swot up
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Empollé la guía de matemáticas una hora antes del examen.I swotted up the math guide an hour before the exam.
c. to swot up on
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
No puedo salir. Tengo que empollar el tema de historia.I can't go out. I need to swot up on the history lesson.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to hatch)
a. to brood
¿Cuánto tiempo les lleva a estas aves empollar?How long does it take these birds to brood?
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to study hard)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to cram
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Pasé toda la noche empollando para el examen y al final reprobé.I spent all night cramming for the exam and in the end I failed.
b. to swot
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Felipe empolló toda la semana y sacó la mejor calificación.Felipe swotted the whole week and got the best grade.
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empollar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (huevo)
a. to incubate
2. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to bone up on
b. to swot up (on) (United Kingdom)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to swot
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to swot up (on)
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empollar
transitive verb
1 (Zoología) to incubate; sit on
2 [+asignatura] to swot up (familiar)
intransitive verb
1 [+gallina] to sit; brood
2 [+abejas] to breed
3 [+estudiante] to swot (familiar); grind away; (EEUU) cram
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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