wear away

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wear away(
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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
1. (to deteriorate)
a. desgastarse
The finish on the table is wearing away.El barniz de la mesa se está desgastando.
b. desaparecer
The image in the photograph had worn away from exposure to sunlight.La imagen en la fotografía había desaparecido por ser expuesta a la luz del sol.
2. (to pass)
a. transcurrir
The months had worn away, and it was already September.Los meses habían transcurrido, y ya era septiembre.
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
3. (to cause to disappear)
a. desgastar
The elements had worn away the paint on the outside of the house.Los elementos habían desgastado la pintura en el exterior de la casa.
b. erosionar
The river wears away its banks and grows wider over the years.El río erosiona las riberas y se ensancha al transcurrir de los años.
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wear away
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. (general)
a. gastar, desgastar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (general)
a. desgastarse
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wear away
transitive verb
[+rock] erosionar; [+pattern] desgastar; borrar
a dripping tap that can wear away stone he took out a light blue book, its title unreadable, worn away the gold on the rim of the cup has long ago been worn away by the application of many gentle lips the cartilage may become worn away over years of use
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
[+wood, metal] desgastarse; gastarse; [+cliffs] erosionarse; [+inscription, design] borrarse
the teeth of musicians and carpenters frequently wear away where they have held either instruments or nails
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