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"Estimado" is an adjective which is often translated as "dear", and "apreciado" is an adjective which is often translated as "valued". Learn more about the difference between "estimado" and "apreciado" below.
estimado(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (formal salutation)
a. dear
Estimado Dr. Ramos, le escribo para pedir su ayuda.Dear Dr. Ramos, I am writing to ask for your help.
2. (well-regarded)
a. esteemed
¿Cómo estás mi estimado amigo? Ha pasado mucho tiempo sin vernos. How are you my esteemed friend? It's been a long time since we've seen each other.
b. respected
La presidenta de la corporación es muy bien estimada por sus empleados.The president of the corporation is very well respected by her employees.
3. (approximate)
a. estimated
El diámetro estimado es de 18 centímetros.The estimated diameter is 18 centimeters.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (approximation)
a. estimate
¿Me puede dar un estimado del costo de la obra?Can you give me an estimate of the cost of the project?
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apreciado(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (dear)
a. valued
Ludmila falleció rodeada de su familia y de sus amigos más apreciados.Ludmila died surrounded by her family and most valued friends.
b. highly regarded
Esta planta es muy apreciada en el campo de los cosméticos.This plant is very highly regarded in the field of cosmetics.
c. esteemed
"Apreciados clientes: Nos enorgullece presentarles nuestra nueva página de inicio"."Esteemed customers, We are proud to present you our new homepage."
2. (desired)
a. prized
El reloj que le había dejado su abuelo era su bien más apreciado.The watch his grandfather had left him was his most prized possession.
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