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"Esquivo" is an adjective which is often translated as "evasive", and "distante" is an adjective which is often translated as "remote". Learn more about the difference between "esquivo" and "distante" below.
esquivo(
ehs
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kee
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boh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (avoidant)
a. evasive
No me gusta Peter: no es llano y directo, sino esquivo incluso en relación con cosas sin importancia.I don't like Peter - he's not plain and direct, but he's evasive even about small things.
b. aloof
No es fácil tratar con un empleado esquivo que a menudo evita comunicarse con sus compañeros de trabajo.It is not easy to deal with an aloof employee who often avoids communicating with coworkers.
c. unsociable
Benjamín se comporta esquivo ultimamente. - Debe de estar escondiendo algo.Benjamin has been acting unsociable lately. - He must be hiding something.
2. (hard to find)
a. elusive
El actor es esquivo y rara vez hace entrevistas o da conferencias de prensa.The actor is elusive and rarely does interviews or press conferences.
3. (timid)
a. shy
El nuevo alumno es esquivo y le cuesta integrarse al grupo.The new student is shy and has trouble fitting in the group.
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distante(
dees
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tahn
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teh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not near)
a. remote
Los viajeros provenían de una región distante cuyo nombre jamás había escuchado.The travelers came from a remote region whose name I'd never heard before.
b. distant
Quiero viajar a tierras distantes y conocer otras culturas.I want to travel to distant lands and learn about other cultures.
c. far-off
Marco Polo trajo especias exóticas de su viaje por tierras distantes.Marco Polo brought exotic spices from his travels to far-off lands.
d. faraway
Mi familia no podía permitirse el lujo de irse de vacaciones a lugares distantes.My family could never afford to vacation in faraway destinations.
2. (reserved)
a. distant
Mi novio está un poco distante, como si ya no quisiera estar más conmigo.My boyfriend is a bit distant, as if he didn't want to be with me anymore.
b. aloof
Puede que Alberto sea distante al principio, pero cuando lo conozcas, verás que es muy amigable.Alberto might might be aloof at first, but you'll see he's friendly once you get to know him.
3. (at a certain distance)
a. away
Vivimos en el pueblo de Navaluenga, distante 12 kilómetros.We live in the town of Navaluenga, 12 kilometers away.
b. far away (adverb)
El verano ya no estaba muy distante.Summer wasn't very far away.
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