Spanish Word of the Day: 'Desbordar'

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The Local - [email protected] • 29 Apr, 2019 Updated Mon 29 Apr 2019 09:51 CEST
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This word primarily means to cause to overflow but it can also be used in a more figurative way.




  • El río se desbordó tras las últimas lluvias.

               The river overflowed after the recent rains.


To radiate


  • ¡Su madre es muy buena, desborda amor!

               His mother is really nice, she radiates love!


To overflow


  • El fregadero se acaba de desbordar debido a una rotura de tuberías.

               The sink just overflowed due to broken pipelines.


To overflow with


  • Si realmente amas lo que haces debes desbordar pasión.

               If you really love what you do you must overflow with passion.


To go beyond, , be too much for


  • La leche estuvo a punto de desbordar el cazo.

               The milk almost boiled over.




  • La lluvia constante podría desbordar la capacidad de la presa.

               Constant rain could surpass the capacity of the water dam.




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This word of the day has been contributed by LAE Madrid, the leading Spanish academy in Madrid. Accredited by the Insitituto Cervantes, it offers Spanish courses for all levels and also has Spanish classes for kids and families.

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The Local 2019/04/29 09:51

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