The word traspasaban is the imperfect form of traspasar in the third person plural. See the full traspasar conjugation.


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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to penetrate)
a. to go through
La bala traspasó el casco del policía.The bullet went through the policeman's helmet.
b. to pierce
La espada no pudo traspasar la armadura.The sword couldn't pierce the armor.
c. to run through
El caballero lo traspasó con una lanza.The knight ran him through with a lance.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(to cut through)
a. to pierce
Sus crueles palabras me traspasaron el corazón.His cruel words pierced my heart.
b. to go through
Un dolor intenso me traspasó el cuerpo.An intense pain went through my body.
3. (to stain)
a. to soak through
La sangre traspasó la venda.The blood soaked through the bandage.
b. to go through
La tinta traspasó el papel y manchó el libro.The ink went through the paper and stained the book.
4. (to traverse)
a. to cross
Las tropas no llegaron a traspasar el río.The troops were unable to cross the river.
5. (to change position of)
a. to transfer
Hay que traspasar las cajas de una embarcación a otra.The crates need to be transferred from one ship to another one.
b. to move
Santiago traspasó los libros a la nueva repisa.Santiago moved the books onto the new shelf.
6. (to hand over)
a. to transfer
Mi papá me traspasó el negocio familiar.My father transferred the family business to me.
b. to make over
Queremos traspasar la casa a nuestra hija.We'd like to make the house over to our daughter.
7. (to exchange for money)
a. to sell
El dueño del local quiere traspasarlo.The owner of the property wants to sell it.
8. (sports)
a. to transfer (player)
El equipo local se plantea traspasar a tres jugadores.The local team is considering transferring three players.
b. to trade (player)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
No tenemos intención de traspasar a ningún jugador.We've no intention of trading any players.
9. (to exceed)
a. to go beyond
Su comportamiento traspasó los límites de lo adecuado.His behavior went beyond the limits of what is appropriate.
b. to overstep
Creo que este programa traspasa los límites de la decencia.I think this program oversteps the limits of decency.
10. (to violate)
a. to break
Parece que su hijo siempre quiere traspasar las reglas.Your son always seems to want to break the rules.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
11. (to be penetrated)
a. to be pierced
Estos chalecos antibalas no pueden traspasarse.These bulletproof vests cannot be pierced.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (atravesar)
a. to go through, to pierce
traspasar la puertato go through the doorway
traspasar una valla saltandoto jump over a fence
la tinta traspasó el papelthe ink soaked through the paper
2. (transferir; jugador)
a. to transfer
3. (negocio)
a. to sell (as a going concern)
se traspasa (negocio)(business) for sale
4. (desplazar)
a. to move
5. (exceder)
a. to go beyond
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transitive verb
1 (penetrar) to pierce; go through; penetrate; [+líquido] to go/come through; soak through
la bala le traspasó el pulmón the bullet pierced his lung; traspasar a algn con una espada to run sb through with a sword
2 [+dolor] to pierce; go right through
un ruido que traspasa el oído an ear-splitting noise; el grito me traspasó the yell went right through me; la escena me traspasó el corazón the scene pierced me to the core
3 [+calle] to cross over
4 [+límites] to go beyond; overstep
esto traspasa los límites de lo tolerable
esto traspasa los límites de lo aceptable this goes beyond what is acceptable; traspasar la barrera del sonido to break the sound barrier
5 [+ley, norma] to break; infringe
6 [+propiedad] (transferir) to transfer; (vender) to sell; make over; (Jur) to convey
"se traspasa negocio" "business for sale"
7 (Dep) [+jugador] to transfer
8 (Política) [+poderes, competencias] to devolve
cuando se traspasaron las competencias de Tráfico a la Generalitat Si solo se traspasan competencias, pero no los recursos para gestionarlas, no sirve de nada
pronominal verb
traspasarse to go too far; overstep the mark
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