Quick answer
"Center" is a noun which is often translated as "el centro", and "downtown" is a noun which is also often translated as "el centro". Learn more about the difference between "center" and "downtown" below.
center(
sehn
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tuhr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (middle area)
a. el centro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is a new Spanish restaurant in the center of town.Hay un nuevo restaurante español en el centro de la ciudad.
2. (culinary)
a. el relleno
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This chocolate has a delicious hazlenut center.Este chocolate tiene un delicioso relleno de avellana.
3. (focus)
a. el centro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Alexandra shouts when she talks because she likes being the center of attention.Alexandra grita al hablar porque le gusta ser el centro de atención.
4. (place for specific activity)
a. el centro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We are going to meet at the sports center to work out.Vamos a encontrarnos en el centro deportivo para hacer ejercicio.
5. (politics)
a. el centro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The media says he's a right of center candidate.Los medios de comunicación dicen que es un candidato de centro derecha.
6. (sports)
a. el centro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(football)
Chris will be playing center for the Rams this season.Chris jugará de centro para los Rams esta temporada.
b. el pivote
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(basketball)
He was recruited to play center for Duke University.Fue reclutado para jugar de pivote en la Universidad de Duke.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to place in the center)
a. centrar
Center the painting between the two windows.Centra el cuadro entre las dos ventanas.
8. (to concentrate)
a. centrar
The police centered their investigation on the husband because all the evidence pointed to him.La policía centró la investigación en el esposo porque todas las pruebas apuntaban a él.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (to concentrate; used with "on")
a. centrarse en
The mayor's speech centered on the recent shooting incident.El discurso del alcalde se centró en el incidente del reciente tiroteo.
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downtown(
daun
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taun
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (city center)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el centro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It's only a couple of miles from downtown.Queda a solo un par de millas del centro.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (relating to the city center)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. del centro
Downtown stores are closed on Sundays.Las tiendas del centro están cerradas los domingos.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (to the city center)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. al centro
From the airport, you can take the metro downtown.Desde el aeropuerto, puedes tomar el metro al centro.
4. (in the city center)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. en el centro
Living downtown is very convenient.Vivir en el centro resulta muy práctico.
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