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"Uso" is a noun which is often translated as "use", and "costumbre" is a noun which is often translated as "custom". Learn more about the difference between "uso" and "costumbre" below.
uso(
oo
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soh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (employment)
a. use
El uso excesivo de las computadoras puede dañar la vista.The excessive use of computers can damage your eyesight.
2. (purpose)
a. use
Esta herramienta fue diseñada específicamente para uso industrial.This tool was designed specifically for industrial use.
3. (linguistics)
a. usage
El examen tomará en cuenta el uso del lenguaje.The exam will take language usage into account.
4. (practice)
a. custom
Me gusta aprender sobre los usos y tradiciones en otros países.I like to learn about the customs and traditions in other countries.
5. (habitual use)
a. wear
Esos zapatos no son de uso diario.Those shoes aren't for everyday wear.
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costumbre(
kohs
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toom
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breh
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (tradition)
a. custom
Ellos dicen que muchas costumbres navideñas son paganas por su orgien.They say that many Christmas customs are pagan by origin.
2. (behavior)
a. habit
No tiene la costumbre de hacer ejercicio.He is not in the habit of exercising.
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