take apart

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take apart(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to dismantle)
a. desmontar
The mechanic had to take the engine apart before he found the fault.El mecánico tuvo que desmontar el motor para poder encontrar la falla.
b. desarmar
You learn a lot about a rifle by taking it apart and putting it together again.Se aprende mucho sobre un rifle al desarmarlo y volverlo a armar.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to defeat)
a. hacer pedazos
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The Lions took us apart the last time we played them.Los Lions nos hicieron pedazos la última vez que jugamos contra ellos.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to search thoroughly)
a. registrar de arriba abajo
Two police officers took the place apart looking for the documents.Dos policías registraron la casa de arriba abajo en busca de los documentos.
4. (to take down)
a. destrozar (arguments)
Paige was a skilled debater, and soon took her opponent's arguments apart.Paige brillaba en los debates, y pronto destrozó los argumentos de su rival.
5. (to criticize severely)
a. acabar con
The press took the senator apart over his role in the scandal.La prensa acabó con el senador por el papel que jugó en el escándalo.
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take apart
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (machine, engine)
a. desmontar
2. (argument)
a. destrozar
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take apart
transitive verb
1 (dismantle) [+clock, machine] desmontar; desarmar
2 (destroy) [+room, premises] destrozar; (defeat) [+opponent, team] dar una paliza a (informal)
I'll take him apart! ¡le rompo la cara!
3 (search)
the police took the place apart la policía registró el local de arriba abajo
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
it takes apart easily se desmonta fácilmente
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