trabarse

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trabarse(
trah
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bahr
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seh
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to get caught up)
a. to get tangled up
Liberé un delfín que se había trabado con una red de pesca.I freed a dolphin that got tangled up in a fishing net.
2. (to get stuck)
a. to get jammed
La puerta se trabó y ahora no podemos salir.The door got jammed and now we can't get out.
3. (to trip over your tongue)
a. to get tongue-tied
Estaba muy nervioso y, cuando me tocó hablar a mí, me trabé.I was very nervous and, when it was my time to speak, I got tongue-tied.
4. (to be absorbed in)
a. to get involved
Me voy porque no me quiero trabar en una conversación sobre política.I'm leaving because I don't want to get involved in a conversation about politics.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to smoke marijuana)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to get high
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Alejandro no hace más que trabarse con marihuana y jugar videojuegos.All Alejandro does is get high on pot and play video games.
b. to get stoned
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Diana dijo que nunca se había trabado ni probado el alcohol.Diana said she never got stoned or tried alcohol.
trabar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
6. (to hold back)
a. to hinder
Las nuevas regulaciones traban la mejora en los servicios de salud.The new regulations hinder the improvement of health services.
b. to obstruct
Hay un camión trabando la entrada al túnel.There is a truck obstructing the entrance to the tunnel.
7. (to engage in)
a. to strike up
El rey de Inglaterra trabó una alianza con el rey de Francia.The king of England struck up an alliance with the king of France.
b. to start up
Trabamos amistad cuando comenzamos a trabajar juntos.We started up a friendship when we started working together.
8. (to make secure)
a. to fasten
Traba el cinturón de seguridad antes de encender el auto.Fasten your seat belt before you turn on the car.
9. (to lock in place)
a. to hold shut (to leave closed)
Trabé las puertas del gabinete con pegamento.I held the cabinet doors shut with glue.
b. to wedge shut (to leave closed)
El piloto trabó la puerta desde adentro.The pilot wedged the door shut from the inside.
c. to hold open (to leave open)
Hacía mucho calor y tuve que trabar la ventana con un destornillador.It was really hot and I had to held the window open with a screw.
d. to wedge open (to leave open)
Traba la puerta con un pedazo de papel o te quedarás encerrado.Wedge the door open with a piece of paper or you will be locked in.
10. (to condense)
a. to thicken
Añade harina para trabar la salsa.Add flour to thicken the sauce.
11. (to link)
a. to weave
El autor trabó en una sola pieza las historias del príncipe, el bufón y la doncella.The author weaved the stories of the prince, the joker, and the maiden together seamlessly.
12. (to tether)
a. to hobble
Pasemos la noche acá. Traben los caballos y arranquen una fogata.Let's spend the night here. Hobble your horses and start a fire.
13. (to connect)
a. to join
Traba las patas a la mesa con empalmes.Join the legs to the table with joints.
b. to tie
Las vigas fueron trabadas con cabillas.The beams were tied together with rope.
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trabar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (sujetar)
a. to fasten
2. (a preso)
a. to shackle
3. (unir)
a. to join
4. (iniciar; conversación, amistad)
a. to strike up
5. (obstaculizar)
a. to obstruct, to hinder
6. (espesar)
a. to thicken
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
7. (enredarse)
a. to get tangled
8. (espesarse)
a. to thicken
9. (al hablar)
a. to get one's tongue tied in knots
se le trabó la lenguahe tripped over his tongue
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trabar
transitive verb
1 [+puerta, ventana] (para que quede cerrada) to wedge shut; (para que quede abierta) to wedge open
trabó la puerta con una silla para que no entrara he wedged the door shut with a chair to stop her getting in; trabó la pata de la mesa con una madera she wedged a piece of wood under the table leg
2 [+salsa, líquido] to thicken
3 (Carpintería) to join; (Construcción) to point
4 (comenzar) [+conversación, debate] to start (up); strike up; [+batalla] to join
trabar amistad to strike up a friendship
5 (enlazar)
una serie de razonamientos muy bien trabados a tightly woven o very well constructed argument
6 (obstaculizar) to hold back
la falta de recursos ha trabado el desarrollo de la investigación research has been held back by the lack of funds
7 [+caballo] to hobble
8 [+sierra] to set
9 (Centroamérica) (Caribe) (engañar) to deceive
intransitive verb
1 [+planta] to take
2 [+ancla, garfio] to grip
pronominal verb
trabarse
1 (enredarse) to get tangled up
me trabé en un matorral y no podía salir I got tangled up in a thicket and couldn't get free; se le traba la lengua he gets tongue-tied; (Caribe) he loses the thread (of what he is saying)
2 (atascarse) [+cajón, puerta, mecanismo] to jam; get jammed
3 (involucrarse)
trabarse en una discusión to get involved in an argument
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