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patente
adjective
1. (evident) 
a. clear 
Es patente la falta de coordinación que hay entre los organizadores.It's clear that there is a lack of coordination among the organizers.
b. obvious 
¿Estas ciega? Su engaño es patente.Are you blind? His betrayal is obvious.
c. patent 
Es lamentable que un error tan patente se haya pasado por alto.It is regrettable that this very patent mistake has been overlooked.
d. plain 
A raíz del reciente robo, se hizo patente la necesidad de aumentar la seguridad.Due to the recent robbery, the need for more security became plain.
feminine noun
2. (commerce) 
a. patent 
La fórmula de este medicamento esta protegida por una patente.The formula for this medication is protected by a patent.
3. (automobile) (Southern Cone) 
a. license plate (United States) 
Se le cayó la patente al carro cuando me estrellé.The license plate fell off the car when I crashed.
b. licence plate (United Kingdom) 
El policía me cobró una multa porque a mi carro le faltaba una patente.The police officer gave me a ticket because my car was missing a licence plate.
c. license number (United States) 
No alcancé a anotar la patente del auto que nos golpeó.I couldn't write down the license number of the car that hit us.
d. licence number (United Kingdom) 
Era un automóvil azul oscuro, patente número BD 58 XLM.It was a dark blue car, license number BD 58 XLM.
4. (driver's permit) (South America) 
a. driver's license (United States) 
¿Me puedes llevar al centro comercial? Mi patente ha caducado.Can you drive me to the mall? My driver's license has expired.
b. driving licence (United Kingdom) 
Pasé el examen de conducir y me dieron la patente.I passed my driving test and got my driving licence.
5. (authorization) 
a. license (United States) 
El restaurante por fin obtuvo la patente para licores.The restaurant finally received its liquor license.
b. licence (United Kingdom) 
Obtuvo su patente de colorista y ya puede trabajar en un salón de belleza.She got her colorist licence and now she can work at a beauty salon.
patente
adjective
1. (descontento, indignación) 
a. obvious 
2. (demostración, prueba) 
a. clear 
su dolor era patentehe was clearly in pain
Noun
3. (de invento) 
a. patent 
tener la patente de algoto hold the patent on o for something
4. (certificado) 
patente de navegacióncertificate of registration
5. (de auto) (Southern Cone) 
a. registration number (United Kingdom) 
b. license number (United States) 
patente
adjective
1 [+mentira, muestra] clear
es una mentira patente
es prueba patente de su ineficacia it's clear proof of his inefficiency; me decepcionó su patente desinterés I was disappointed by his patent o clear lack of interest; su enojo era patente his annoyance was plain to see; he was plainly o patently o clearly annoyed; la culpabilidad era patente en su rostro he had guilt written all over his face
hacer algo patente to reveal sth; show sth clearly
aquella reacción hizo patente su rencor that reaction clearly showed o revealed his resentment
quedar patente to become patently clear o obvious
con ese comentario su ignorancia quedó patente with that comment his ignorance became patently clear o obvious
2 (Com) patent
3 (S. Cone) (excelente) superb; great
1 [de invento, producto] patent
derechos de patente patent rights; de patente (S. Cone) first-rate
patente de invención patent
2 (Jur) (permiso) licence; license; (EEUU) authorization
patente de corso (Hist) letter(s) of marque
se cree que tiene patente de corso he thinks he's got a licence to do whatever he pleases
patente de navegación ship's registration certificate
patente de privilegio letters patent
patente de sanidad bill of health
3 (S. Cone) (Automóviles) licence plate; license plate; (EEUU) (carnet) driving licence; driver's license; (EEUU)
(Caribe) patent medicine
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