A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to sprinkle)
a. to spray
Mi madre solía pulverizar el perfume sobre su ropa por las mañanas.My mother used to spray perfume on her clothes in the mornings.
2. (to reduce to dust)
a. to convert into powder
La bola de demolición pulverizó el muro.The wrecking ball converted the wall into powder.
b. to pulverize
La máquina está diseñada para pulverizar las rocas y convertirlas en arena.The machine is designed to pulverize the rocks and turn them into sand.
c. to pulverise (United Kingdom)
El terremoto pulverizó las paredes de yeso.The earthquake pulverised the gypsum walls.
d. to crush
Un golpe seco pulverizó la frágil estructura.A heavy blow crushed the fragile structure.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(to beat)
a. to pulverize
El concursante pulverizó a sus adversarios al acertar todas las preguntas.The contestant pulverized the opposition when he got all the answers right.
b. to pulverise (United Kingdom)
El piloto de carreras es tan bueno que seguro que pulveriza a los demás.The race driver is so skilled that he will certainly pulverise the rest of drivers.
c. to smash
Tendrás que entrenar mucho si quieres pulverizar el récord mundial.You'll have to train a lot if you want to smash the world record.
A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
4. (to turn into dust)
a. to powder
El parabrisas se pulverizó en el choque.The windshield powdered in the collision.
b. to become dust
La urna funeraria se pulverizará en el horno crematorio.The funerary urn will become dust in the crematory chamber.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (líquido)
a. to spray
2. (sólido)
a. to reduce to dust
3. (mechanical)
a. to pulverize
4. (aniquilar)
a. to pulverize
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transitive verb
1 [+sólido] (gen) to pulverize; (reducir a polvo) to powder; convert into powder;
2 [+líquido] to spray
3 (aniquilar) [+enemigo, ciudad] to pulverize; smash; [+rival, oponente] to hammer; thrash
pulverizó el récord she smashed the record
pulverizó a sus máximos rivales en la contrarreloj su éxito ha pulverizado todas las previsiones
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