The word mermó is the preterite form of mermar in the third person singular. See the full mermar conjugation.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make less)
a. to diminish
La falta de recursos merma las posibilidades de sacar el proyecto adelante.The lack of resources diminishes the possibilities of getting the project off the ground.
b. to lessen
El aumento de la producción merma la calidad de las prendas.The increase in production lessens the quality of the clothes.
c. to reduce
Con tantos traductores diferentes, la coherencia del texto se verá mermada.With so many different translators, the consistency of the text will be reduced.
d. to cut down on
La plaga está mermando el cultivo de arroz.The infestation is cutting down on the production of rice.
e. to deplete
Si los sobrevivientes merman la comida que hay, morirán.If the survivors deplete the existing food, they will die.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to become less)
a. to diminish
La cantidad de personas que no utilizan móviles ha mermado.The amount of people who don't use mobile phones has diminished.
b. to decrease
Cuando los recursos de la Tierra hayan mermado demasiado será demasiado tarde.When the Earth's resources have decreased too much it will be too late.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to make less)
a. to decrease
El nuevo partido propone medidas para que se mermen las distancias entre ricos y pobres.The new party proposes measures to decrease the distance between the rich and the poor.
b. to dwindle
Este año se mermará el salario de los empleados a causa de la crisis.This year employee salaries will dwindle because of the crisis.
4. (to be consumed)
a. to become depleted
Si se merman todas las reservas de agua potable no habrá qué beber.If all the reserves of potable water become depleted there will be nothing left to drink.
b. to be used up
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Cuando se merme toda la comida que habíamos acumulado, no podremos comprar más.When all the food we had stored is used up, we won't be able to buy more.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (general)
a. to diminish, to lessen
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (general)
a. to reduce, to diminish
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transitive verb
(disminuir) [+crecimiento, capacidad] to reduce
el recorte presupuestario en Obras Públicas va a mermar el crecimiento del sector una reducción presupuestaria del 10 por ciento para mermar un déficit
[+autoridad, prestigio] to undermine
la frivolización" de la imagen de la Corona podría mermar el prestigio actual de esta
[+reservas] to deplete; [+pago, raciones] to cut;
intransitive verb
pronominal verb
mermarse (disminuir) to decrease; dwindle; [+reservas] to become depleted; [+líquido] to go down; [+carne] to shrink;
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