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Principal Translations
derrotar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (vencer)  (battle)defeat vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (literary, formal)vanquish vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (informal)beat vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Las tropas aliadas derrotaron al enemigo en dos semanas.
 The allied troops defeated the enemy in two weeks.
 
Additional Translations
derrotarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). navegación (variar el rumbo)  (navigation)change course v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
   (diverge from course)veer off course, get off course v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 El barco se derrotó debido a la tormenta.
 The boat changed course because of a storm.
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