- 1.1 (salirse de) el río desbordó su cauce the river flooded o overflowed, the river overflowed o burst its banks la fruta está desbordando el cesto the basket is brimming over with o/or overflowing with fruit la ropa casi desborda la maleta the suitcase is bursting with clothes 1.2 [límites] to exceed, go beyond las pérdidas han desbordado todas las previsiones losses have exceeded all forecasts desborda mi capacidad de comprensión it's quite beyond me 1.3 [Militar/Military] [Política/Politics] to break through desbordaron las líneas enemigas they broke through o/or breached the enemy lines los manifestantes desbordaron los controles policiales the demonstrators broke o/or burst through the police barriers 1.4 [persona] to overwhelm se vio desbordado por los acontecimientos he found events too much for him, he was overwhelmed by events estoy desbordada de trabajo I'm swamped with o overloaded with o (inglés británico/British English) snowed under with work esta casa me desborda this house is too much for me to manage 1.5 [alegría/entusiasmo] su cara desbordaba alegría her face shone with joy desbordaba entusiasmo she exuded o/or she was brimming with enthusiasm
desbordarse v pron
- 1.1 [río/canal] to flood, overflow, burst o/or overflow its banks 1.2 [vaso/cubo] to overflow el agua se desbordó de la bañera the bath overflowed el vino se desbordó de la copa the wine spilled over the edge of the glass 1.3 [multitud] to get out of hand o/or out of control se desbordaron los ánimos tempers flared o/or boiled over, things got out of hand
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