explotar
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explotar(
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ploh
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tahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to use)
a. to exploit
Este país tiene muchos recursos naturales que aún no han sido explotados.This country has many natural resources that are yet to be exploited.
b. to work
La gente de esta región explota la tierra para cultivos agrícolas y ganadería.People in this region work the land for agricultural crops and cattle raising.
c. to run
El nuevo dueño de la fábrica quiere explotarla al máximo.The new owner of the factory wants to run it to the max.
d. to operate
La compañía minera explota tres minas distintas en los alrededores de este pueblo.The mining company operates three separate mines around this town.
2. (to take advantage of)
a. to exploit
Yo que tú, renunciaría. ¡Te están explotando en ese trabajo!If I were you, I'd quit. They're exploiting you in that job!
3. (to make the most of)
a. to exploit
Él supo cómo explotar la situación y le sacó provecho para su propio beneficio.He knew how to exploit the situation and took advantage of it for his own benefit.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to detonate)
a. to explode
Una bomba explotó cerca del centro comercial. Afortunadamente, nadie resultó herido.A bomb exploded close to the shopping center. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
b. to go off
Una mina terrestre explotó cuando los soldados trataban de desactivarla.A land mine went off while the soldiers were trying to defuse it.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to react emotionally)
a. to explode
Explotó cuando se enteró de que le habían negado la beca.She exploded when she found out that her scholarship had been denied.
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explotar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (persona)
a. to exploit
2. (fábrica)
a. to run, to operate
3. (terreno)
a. to farm
4. (mina)
a. to work
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (general)
a. to explode
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explotar
transitive verb
1 (usar) [+recursos, riquezas] to exploit; [+planta] to run; operate; [+mina] to work
2 (usar excesivamente) [+obreros] to exploit; [+situación] to exploit; make capital out of
3 [+bomba] to explode
intransitive verb
[+bomba] to explode; go off
explotaron dos bombas two bombs exploded o went off; cayó sin explotar it fell but did not go off; it landed without going off; juegan con bombas sin explotar they play with unexploded bombs
jugaban con bombas sin explotar procedentes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial,
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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