pronoun personal
1. you (tratamiento de respeto) (plural)
  • ustedes -> you
  • contesten ustedes a las preguntas -> please answer the questions
  • de usted/ustedes -> yours
  • me gustaría hablar con usted -> I'd like to talk to you
  • hablar o tratar de usted a alguien -> = to address somebody as “usted”, i.e. formally

usted [oos-ted’]
1. You (your worship, your honor), a contraction of vuestra merced (vuesarced, usted), a pronoun used in polite style to address all persons of respectability, either orally or by letter. (m)
  • Uste -> and ustedes used to be written in abbreviation, thus: Vm
  • El coche de usted -> your car
  • Sin usted -> without you
, Vms., Vmd., Vmds. At present usted is represented by Ud. or Vd., and ustedes (pl.) by Vds., and often printed in full. The loose articulating of the d frequently causes it to become inaudible, particularly in Spanish America; so that usted sounds as usté.

1 (en singular) you polite or formal address; (polite or formal address)
esto es para usted this is for you; lo haremos sin usted we'll do it without you; —muchas gracias —a usted "thank you very much" — "thank you"; el coche de usted your car; mi coche y el de usted my car and yours; hablar o llamar o tratar de usted a algn to use the "usted" form with sb; address sb using the "usted" form; no me hables de usted, que no soy tan vieja you needn't use the "usted" form with me — I'm not that old
ustedes you polite or formal address in most of Spain and replaces vosotros in Latin America; (polite or formal address in most of Spain and replaces vosotros in Latin America) gracias a todos ustedes podremos pagarlo thanks to all of you we shall be able to pay it; pasen ustedes, por favor please come in; a ver, niños ¿ustedes qué quieren para cenar? especialmente (Latinoamérica) right, what do you children want for tea?

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