quebrarse
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quebrarse(
keh
-
brahr
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seh
)
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to break)
a. to break
La ventana se cayó del camión y se quebró. The window fell off the truck and broke.
b. to crack
El vaso se me resbaló y se quebró. The glass slipped out of my hand and cracked.
quebrar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to smash)
a. to break
Por segunda vez este mes, los niños del vecindario me quebraron una ventana jugando al béisbol.For the second time this month, the neighborhood kids broke one of my windows playing baseball.
Nadie pudo quebrar la piñata con el palo.Nobody was able to break the piñata with the stick.
3. (legal)
a. to break
"Sra. Rodríguez, su hija quebró varias leyes este fin de semana," dijo el oficial."Mrs. Rodriguez, your daughter broke several laws this weekend," said the official.
4. (to make curved)
a. to bend
No creo que vas a poder quebrar ese tubo de plástico.I don't think you're going to be able to bend that plastic tube.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to kill)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. to off
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Quebraron al socio por mentir al jefe.They offed the partner for lying to the boss.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to ruin a business)
a. to go bankrupt
La empresa de mi cuñado casi quebró el año pasado.My brother's company nearly went bankrupt last year.
b. to fail
Quebraron muchos negocios después de la crisis económica.Many businesses failed after the economic crisis.
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quebrar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (romper)
a. to break
2. (fig)
a. to destroy, to shatter
3. (debilitar)
a. to weaken
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (finance)
a. to go bankrupt
5. (torcer)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to turn
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (romperse)
a. to break
7. (fam fig)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
quebrarse la cabezato rack o
8. (voz)
a. to break, to falter
9. (darse por vencido)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to give in, to throw in the towel
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quebrar
transitive verb
1 (romper) to break; smash
2 (doblar) (gen) to bend; [+cuerpo] to bend (at the waist);
3 (torcer) to twist
4 [+proceso] (interrumpir) to interrupt; (modificar) to alter the course of; seriously interfere with
5 [+color] to tone down
6 (México) (matar) to bump off (familiar); waste (familiar)
intransitive verb
1 (Economía) to fail; go bankrupt
2 (debilitarse) to weaken
3
quebrar con algn to break with sb
pronominal verb
quebrarse
1 to break; get broken; smash
2 (Med) to rupture
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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