obstruir
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obstruir(
ohbs
-
trweer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be in the way of)
a. to obstruct
Un turista alto obstruía la vista y no pude ver la ciudad desde el mirador.A tall tourist is blocking the view and I couldn't see the city from the lookout.
b. to block
La camioneta que estaba obstruyendo la salida de emergencia recibió una multa.The truck who was blocking the emergency exit was fined.
2. (to hamper)
a. to obstruct
Los rebeldes obstruyeron todos los intentos de establecer comunicación con los secuestrados.The rebels obstructed all attempts at establishing communication with the abductees.
b. to impede
La nieve obstruye el avance de las tropas enemigas.The snow impedes the advance of enemy troops.
c. to hinder
La falta de industrias locales obstruye el progreso tecnológico.The lack of local industries hinders technological progress.
d. to hold up
Un árbol caído obstruye el tráfico en la carretera.A fallen tree is holding up the traffic on the road.
3. (sports)
a. to block
Dos jugadores me obstruyeron y no pude lanzar el balón.Two players blocked me and I couldn't shoot the ball.
b. to obstruct
Uno de los defensores obstruyó al delantero, quien tuvo que pasar el balón.One of the defenders obstructed the forward, who had to pass the ball.
obstruirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to get clogged)
a. to get blocked
El desagüe se obstruyó y el baño se inundó.The drain got blocked and the bathroom flooded.
b. to get blocked up
La entrada a la mina se obstruyó y los mineros quedaron atrapados.The entrance to the mine got blocked up, and the miners were trapped.
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obstruir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (bloquear)
a. to block, to obstruct
2. (obstaculizar)
a. to obstruct, to impede
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (general)
a. to get blocked (up)
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obstruir
transitive verb
1 (bloquear) [+carretera, vena] to obstruct; [+desagüe, tubería] to block; clog; (Dep) to block
2 [+desarrollo, proceso] to hinder; hamper; hold up
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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