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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 place in a pile)
a. apilar
Rosemary piled all the papers up on her desk.Rosemary apiló todos los papeles en su escritorio.
b. amontonar
I piled all the clothes up on the bed and started ironing.Amontoné toda la ropa en la cama y empecé a planchar.
2. (to increase)
a. acumular
When Ismael lost his job, he piled up debts and couldn't pay his mortgage.Cuando Ismael perdió el trabajo, acumuló deudas y no pudo pagar la hipoteca.
b. llenarse de
We piled up huge debts to pay for our daughter's treatment.Nos llenamos de deudas astronómicas para pagar el tratamiento de nuestra hija.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
3. (to form a pile)
a. acumularse
The leaves always pile up in the corner by the back door.Las hojas siempre se acumulan en el rincón al lado de la puerta trasera.
b. amontonarse
The garbage piled up in the streets during the strike.La basura se amontonó en las calles durante la huelga.
4. (to crash)
a. chocar en cadena
Five or six cars had piled up at the intersection.Cinco o seis autos habían chocado en cadena en el cruce.
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pile up
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (dirty clothes, work)
a. acumularse, apilarse
pile up
1 (accumulate) [+work] amontonarse; acumularse
black clouds were piling up on the horizon el horizonte se estaba cargando or se llenaba de nubes negras
work had piled up in his absence the evidence piled up against him snow was piling up thick and fast mail was piling up at the office millions of undelivered letters and parcels are piling up problems were piling up at work garbage is piling up on the streets of major cities autumn leaves were piling up everywhere the papers she was meant to be reading piled up untouched on her desk the staff haven't been paid for eighteen months and /the bills are piling up/ paperwork had been allowed to pile up
2 (crash) [+vehicle] estrellarse; chocar; [+vehicles] estrellarse en cadena; chocar en cadena
the car piled up against the wall the ship piled up on the rocks 40 riders piled up in what the organiser described as an "avoidable" accident
transitive verb
1 (put in heap) [+books, clothes] apilar; amontonar
2 (accumulate) [+possessions] acumular; [+debts] acumular; llenarse de
we piled it all up high all her possessions were piled up there bulldozers piled up huge mounds of dirt he told his men to gather some rocks and pile them up he piled up huge debts she was piling up an impressive lead on points last year alone, the company piled up losses totalling £4 billion state-controlled businesses are piling up debt all over Russia Kent piled up 383 in their second innings he piled up the car last night
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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