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"Entero" is an adjective which is often translated as "whole", and "pleno" is an adjective which is often translated as "full". Learn more about the difference between "entero" and "pleno" below.
entero(
ehn
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teh
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roh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (complete)
a. whole
Comió una hamburguesa entera a la edad de dos.He ate a whole hamburger at the age of two.
b. entire
La comunidad entera salió a la calle a celebrar.The entire community came out to the streets to celebrate.
2. (unbroken)
a. intact
El florero llegó entero.The vase arrived intact.
b. in one piece
Es un milagro que haya llegado entero después de pasar por ese camino lleno de baches.It's a miracle that it got here in once piece after coming down that road full of potholes.
3. (serene)
a. composed
Estaba entero cuando se enteró, pero más tarde perdió los estribos.He was composed when he found out, but later lost his temper.
4. (honest)
a. upright
Puedes confiar en Lucy; es una mujer entera.You can trust Lucy; she's an upright woman.
5. (mathematics)
a. whole
Hay que aprender a sumar números enteros antes de aprender a sumar fracciones.You have to learn to add whole numbers before learning to add fractions.
b. integral
El cero es un número entero.Zero is an integral number.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
6. (mathematics)
a. integer
¿Cuál es el entero más cerca de 1.51?What is the integer closest to 1.51?
b. whole number
Un entero con una fracción se llama un número mixto.A whole number with a fraction is called a mixed number.
7. (stock market)
a. point
La bolsa de valores bajó diez enteros por las noticias de la guerra en Europa.The stock market fell two points because of the news of the war in Europe.
8. (debt payment)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. payment
¡Aleluya! Hice mi último entero.Hallelujah! I made my last payment.
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pleno(
pleh
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noh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (complete)
a. full
El congreso otorgó plenos poderes al presidente para negociar el tratado.The congress gave the president full powers to negotiate the treaty.
2.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(having a great amount; used with "de")
a. full of
A esa temprana edad, aún se encontraba plena de esperanza.At that young age, she was still full of hope.
3. (used for emphasis)
a. the middle of
El motor falló en pleno vuelo.The engine failed in the middle of the flight.
b. broad (daylight)
El público estaba atónito de que los terroristas cometieran tales atrocidades a plena luz del día.The public was stunned that the terrorists committed such atrocities in broad daylight.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Desviar el tráfico en plena temporada turística fue una mala idea.Diverting the traffic at the height of the tourist season was a bad idea.
No me molesta que fumen, pero no en plena cara.I don't mind them smoking, but not right in my face.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (meeting)
a. plenary
Tenemos que plantear esa pregunta al pleno.We have to put that question to the plenary.
b. plenary session
El salón estaba lleno en espera del inicio del pleno.The auditorium was full waiting for the start of the plenary session.
c. plenary meeting
El comité tiene dos plenos al mes.The committee has two plenary meetings a month.
5. (bowling)
a. strike
Hizo un pleno en su primer lanzamiento.He bowled a strike in his first shot.
6. (soccer pool)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. correct forecast
Un malagueño acertó el pleno de la quiniela.Someone from Malaga got the correct forecast in the soccer pools.
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