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"Director" is a noun which is often translated as "director", and "encargado" is an adjective which is often translated as "in charge of". Learn more about the difference between "director" and "encargado" below.
el director, la directora(
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This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (person in charge of a company)
a. director (executive)
El director de la empresa se fue de vacaciones una semana.The director of the company went on vacation for a week.
b. manager (administrator)
Tras lo ocurrido, mandé una reclamación a la directora de la sucursal.Following what happened, I sent a complaint to the branch manager.
2. (person in charge of a school)
a. principal
El director del colegio se reunió con los padres.The school principal met with the parents.
b. head teacher
La directora se quedó encerrada en su despacho.The head teacher got locked in her office.
c. headmaster (masculine) (United Kingdom)
El director inauguró el nuevo gimnasio del colegio.The headmaster opened the new school gym.
d. headmistress (feminine) (United Kingdom)
La directora me confiscó el celular.The headmistress confiscated my mobile phone.
3. (person in charge of a hotel)
a. manager
El director del hotel recibía en persona a los clientes.The hotel manager used to welcome the guests in person.
4. (person in charge of a newspaper or magazine)
a. editor
La directora del periódico se jubila este año.The editor of the newspaper is retiring this year.
b. editor in chief
Salvador Lobo ha sido nombrado director de la revista prestigiosa.Salvador Lobo has been appointed editor in chief of the prestigious magazine.
5. (person in charge of a hospital)
a. administrator
Los directores del hospital pidieron al gobierno un equipamiento más moderno.The hospital administrators asked the government for more modern equipment.
b. chief executive officer
Carmen cumplió diez años como directora de este hospital.Carmen spent 10 years as chief executive officer of this hospital.
c. chief executive (United Kingdom)
El director del hospital renunció a su cargo por motivos personales.The chief executive of the hospital resigned his post for personal reasons.
6. (person in charge of a prison)
a. warden
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El director de la prisión firmó los permisos de visita.The prison warden signed the visitor permits.
b. governor (United Kingdom)
La directora de la cárcel lo envió a una celda de castigo.The prison governor had him sent to a punishment cell.
7. (film, theater, or television)
a. director
El director repitió la toma varias veces.The director repeated the take several times.
8. (person in charge of an orchestra)
a. conductor
Herbert von Karajan fue uno de los directores de orquesta más destacados del siglo XX.Herbert von Karajan was one of the most distinguished conductors of the 20th century.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9. (organizing)
a. managerial
Dudo que me vaya bien un papel director.I doubt if a managerial role would suit me.
b. leading
El país juega un papel director en la coordinación de ayuda.The country is playing a leading role in coordinating aid.
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encargado(
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kahr
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (accountable)
a. in charge of
¿Quién es el encargado de este proyecto de construcción?Who is in charge of this construction project?
b. responsible for
Carmen es la directora encargada de los asuntos sociales.Carmen is the director responsible for social affairs.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (responsible person)
a. manager
Tengo una queja y quiero hablar con el encargado.I have a complaint, and I want to talk to the manager.
b. person in charge
¿A qué hora llega la encargada de este turno?What time does the person in charge of this shift arrive?
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