wear down

wear down(
wehr
 
daun
)
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 wear out)
a. desgastarse
The road has been wearing down, and the town won't pay to have it repaved.El camino se ha ido desgastándose, y el ayuntamiento no pagará para repavimentarlo.
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
2. (to tire)
a. minar
The disease had worn down Jacinto's strength.La enfermedad le había minado la fuerza a Jacinto.
b. agotar
Rodriguez is a patient fighter who knows how to wear down his opponent.Rodríguez es un peleador paciente que sabe cómo agotar a su adversario.
3. (to cause to deteriorate)
a. desgastar
Time had worn down the name that appeared on the gravestone.El tiempo había desgastado el nombre que aparecía en la lápida.
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wear down
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
2. (fig)
a.
to w somebody downagotar or extenuar a alguien
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (general)
a. desgastarse
wear down
transitive verb
1 [+heels, tyre tread, pencil] gastar; desgastar
2 [+opposition, resistance, patience] agotar; [+person] (physically) agotar; cansar; (mentally) cansar
by this morning, the people's resistance had been worn down the hard work was wearing him down they wore him down with constant pestering until he finally agreed they seem to be trying to wear us down by bringing different agents to question him, they were trying to wear Pollard down the boy was too worn down by sorrow or homesickness to listen Kathleen said he seemed worn down, defeated if his offensive achieved nothing else, it would at least wear down the enemy and prepare the way for a decisive blow
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
[+heels, tyre tread] desgastarse; gastarse
the animal's incisors wear down from constant gnawing on wood
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