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American English: /ˈbərstɪŋ/
British English: /ˈbəːstɪŋ/

adjective (predicative, no comparative)

  • 1.1 (overflowing) See examples:to be bursting (with something)
    estar repleto (de algo)
    the granaries are bursting
    los graneros están repletos
    the city is bursting with tourists
    la ciudad está llena or abarrotada de turistas
    he was bursting with health/energy
    rebosaba (de) salud/energía
    I'm bursting [colloquial]
    (have eaten too much)
    estoy que reviento [colloquial]
    (need to go to the toilet) (British English)
    me estoy haciendo [colloquial]
    no me puedo aguantar más
    1.2 (anxious, impatient) [colloquial]to be bursting to + infinitiveshe was bursting to interrupt
    se moría de ganas de interrumpir
    se moría por interrumpir
    go on, I know you're bursting to tell me

noun bursting point

  • to be filled o full to bursting with something
    estar (lleno) hasta los topes or hasta el tope de algo

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