- 1 1.1 [aparato/mecanismo] to damage, break [coche] to damage 1.2 (malograr) [plan] to spoil, ruin, wreck [colloquial/familiar] este niño se ha empeñado en estropearnos las vacaciones this child is determined to spoil o ruin o wreck our holidays (for us)
- 2 (deteriorar, dañar) no laves esa camisa con lejía que la estropeas don't use bleach on that shirt, you'll ruin it el calor ha estropeado la fruta the heat has made the fruit go bad el exceso de sol puede estropear la piel too much sun can damage o harm your skin si lo estropeas, no te compro más juguetes if you break it, I won't buy you any more toys estropeó la comida echándole mucha sal he spoiled the food by putting too much salt in it
estropearse v pron
- 1 1.1 (averiarse) to break down el coche se ha vuelto a estropear the car's broken down again la lavadora está estropeada the washing machine is broken 1.2 [plan] to go wrong
- 2 2.1 (deteriorarse) los zapatos se me han estropeado con la lluvia the rain has ruined my shoes, my shoes have been ruined by the rain mete la fruta en la nevera, que se va a estropear put the fruit in the fridge or it'll go bad 2.2 (Esp) [persona] (afearse) to lose one's looks últimamente se ha estropeado mucho lately she's really lost her looks
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...
The name of Spain's state-run post office is correos. Stamps can be bought in an estanco, although certified or express mail must be sent from a post office (estafeta or oficina de correos). Postboxes in Spain are silver with red and yellow hoops. There are also red boxes for urgent mail. In Latin America correo, in the singular, means both a post office and the mail system.