- 1 (derribar) [pájaro/avión] to shoot down, bring down; [muro/edificio] to knock down, pull down, demolish; [árbol] to fell, cut down nuestro objetivo es abatir la violencia our objective is to stamp out o/or eradicate violence fue abatido a tiros por la policía he was gunned down by the police
- 2 (deprimir, entristecer) la enfermedad lo abatió mucho his illness made him feel very low o/or really laid him low la angustia que abate a los supervivientes de las grandes catástrofes the distress suffered by survivors of disasters no te dejes abatir por las preocupaciones don't let your worries get you down
abatirse v pron
- 2 [formal]abatirse
sobrealgo/algn [pájaro/avión] to swoop down onsth/sb [desgracia] to befall sth/sb [formal] el águila se abatió sobre su presa the eagle swooped down on its prey el hambre se abate sobre los habitantes the inhabitants are falling victim to starvation el caos se abatió sobre el país the country was plunged into chaos un temporal de gran intensidad se abatió sobre la costa a violent storm struck o/or hit the coast
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
Spain's War of Independence against Napoleon Bonaparte's French occupation was ignited by the popular revolt in Madrid on 2 May 1808 against the French army. With support from the Duke of Wellington, Spanish resistance continued for over five years in a guerra de guerrillas which gave the world the concept and the term guerrilla warfare. The autocratic Fernando VII was restored to the throne in 1814, and his first act was to abolish the progressive Constitution of Cadiz adopted in 1812.