A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to break the edge of)
a. to nick
Alguien había mellado el hacha y la tuve que afilar.Someone had nicked the ax blade so I had to sharpen it.
b. to chip
Carlota no tuvo cuidado al recoger y me melló dos platos.Carlota wasn't careful as she was clearing up and she chipped two of my plates.
c. to notch
El náufrago mellaba cada día un trozo de madera para saber cuánto tiempo llevaba en la isla.The castaway notched a piece of wood every day so he knew how long he had been on the island.
2. (to cause damage to)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to damage
Las acusaciones contra el cantante mellaron su nombre.The accusations against the singer damaged his reputation.
b. to harm
No queremos que este incidente melle el impecable currículum del trabajador.We don't want this incident to harm the employee's impeccable record.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (hacer mellas en)
a. to nick, to chip
2. (menoscabar)
a. to damage
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transitive verb
1 [+cuchillo, filo] to nick; notch; [+diente] to chip
tienen los dientes mellados
[+madera] to take a chip out of
2 (dañar) to damage; harm; [+afán] to hold back; [+entusiasmo] to dampen
nada, a partir de ahora, podrá mellar el afán de venganza Para ganar el Tour necesita mellar la inoxidable mentalidad de Indurain
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