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colapsar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (paralizar, arruinar)hold up vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
   (colloquial)jam, jam up vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
  bring to a standstill v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  block, paralyze vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El accidente colapsó la carretera nacional durante dos horas.
 The accident held up (or: blocked) the highway for two hours.
colapsar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (disminuir actividad)bring down vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
  cause to collapse, cause to crash v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  cause the collapse of v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Los problemas bancarios colapsaron la economía.
 The problems in the banking sector brought down the economy.
 
Additional Translations
colapsar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (sufrir un colapso)  (US)become paralyzed viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
   (UK)become paralysed viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 El traficó colapsó debido a la visita del Presidente.
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