impedir

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impedir(
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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 keep from happening)
a. to prevent
El gorila impide que entre cualquiera al bar.The bouncer prevents just anyone from entering the bar.
b. to stop
La tapa impide que se derrame el líquido.The top stops the liquid from spilling.
2. (to make difficult)
a. to hinder
Django tenía los dedos anular y meñique paralizados, pero esto no le impidió tocar la guitarra.Django's ring and little fingers were paralyzed, but it didn't hinder his ability to play the guitar.
3. (to obstruct)
a. to block
Esa maleta gigante en el pasillo está impidiendo el paso.That giant suitcase in the hallway is blocking the way.
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impedir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (imposibilitar)
a. to prevent
impedir a alguien hacer algoto prevent somebody from doing something
la lesión le impedía correrthe injury stopped o prevented him from running
la nieve impidió la celebración del partidothe snow prevented the match from taking place
impedirle el paso a alguiento bar somebody's way
si nada lo impide saldremos por la mañanaall being well we'll leave in the morning
2. (dificultar)
a. to hinder, to obstruct
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impedir
transitive verb
1 (parar) to prevent; stop
impedir algo a algn
trataron de impedir la huida de los presos they tried to prevent the prisoners escaping o the prisoners escape; impedir a algn el acceso al edificio to prevent sb from entering the building; lo que no se puede impedir what cannot be prevented; a mí nadie me lo va a impedir nobody's going to stop me
impedir a algn hacer algo impedir que algn haga algo to prevent sb (from) doing sth; stop sb doing sth
esto no impide que ... this does not alter the fact that ...; impedir el paso to block the way
impedir el paso a alguien
un camión nos impedía el paso a lorry was blocking our way
impedir el tráfico
2 (dificultar) (con obstáculos) to impede; obstruct; (con problemas) to hinder; hamper
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