absolute
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This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 7).
absolute(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (complete)
a. absoluto
The team was willing to try Rosa's idea even without absolute certainty that it would work.El equipo estaba dispuesto a probar la idea de Rosa incluso sin la certeza absoluta de que funcionaría.
b. total
Mr. Dunn asked the students to remain in absolute silence.El Sr. Dunn les pidió a los alumnos que permanecieran en silencio total.
2. (used for emphasis)
a. absoluto
Your room is an absolute mess! You need to clean it before you can go out and play.¡Tu cuarto está hecho un absoluto desastre! Tienes que ordenarlo antes de salir a jugar.
b. completo
The meeting erupted in absolute chaos.La reunión estalló en un completo caos.
c. auténtico
Jim was woefully underprepared for the presentation he gave. It was an absolute train wreck.Jim estaba muy mal preparado para la presentación que dio. Fue un auténtico desastre.
d. redomado
Everyone could see that the magician was an absolute fraud.Todos podían ver que el mago era un fraude redomado.
e. total
The kids made an absolute mess in the kitchen, but they had fun.Los niños hicieron un desastre total en la cocina, pero se divirtieron.
f. puro
I know it's hard to believe it, but I'm telling you the absolute truth.Sé que es difícil creerlo, pero te estoy diciendo la pura verdad.
3. (without condition)
a. incondicional
Emily knew she could count on her parents' absolute support.Emily sabía que podía contar el apoyo incondicional de sus padres.
b. incuestionable (right)
The lawyer argued that his client had the absolute right to use the drone in that area.El abogado argumentó que su cliente tenía el derecho incuestionable de operar el dron en esa zona.
4. (pure)
a. absoluto
No respectable scientist presents his work as absolute truth.Ningún científico respetable presenta su trabajo como verdad absoluta.
5. (unchecked)
a. absoluto
The Puritans rose up to overthrow the absolute monarchy.Los puritanos se levantaron para derrocar la monarquía absoluta.
6. (grammar)
a. absoluto
Absolute phrases are optional and are usually separated with commas from the rest of the sentence.Las frases absolutas son opcionales y generalmente están separadas por comas del resto de la oración.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (philosophy)
a. el absoluto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Nietzsche challenged previous philosophers' ideas of the absolute.Nietzsche desafió las ideas de otros filósofos sobre lo absoluto.
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absolute
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (in general)
a. absoluto(a)
absolute majoritymayoría absoluta
2. (emphatic)
a. absoluto(a), auténtico(a)
he's an absolute fool!¡es un completo idiota!
absolute rubbish!¡no son más que tonterías!
it's an absolute disgrace!¡es una auténtica vergüenza!
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absolute [ˈæbsəluːt]
adjective
1 (complete, unqualified) [+certainty, confidence, majority, need] absoluto; [+support] incondicional; total; [+refusal] rotundo; [+prohibition, command] terminante; [+proof] irrefutable; [+denial] rotundo; categórico; [+right] incuestionable
he's an absolute beginner es un auténtico principiante
it's an absolute fact that ... es indiscutible el hecho de que ...
the divorce was made absolute concedieron el divorcio por sentencia firme
absolute monopoly monopolio (m) total
it was the absolute truth, I promise era la pura verdad, se lo prometo
absolute veto veto (m) total
2 (unlimited) [+power, monarch] absoluto
3 (not relative) [+value] absoluto
in absolute terms en términos absolutos
the quest for absolute truth la búsqueda de la verdad absoluta
4 (as intensifier) [+liar, villain] redomado
the party was an absolute disaster la fiesta fue un completo desastre
it's an absolute disgrace es una auténtica vergüenza
it's the absolute end! ¡es el colmo!
she wore an expression of absolute hatred la expresión de su cara estaba llena de odio
the man's an absolute idiot es completamente idiota
it's absolute rubbish! ¡es puro disparate!
it's an absolute [scandal]
5 (Gram) absoluto
the absolute construction
noun
(Fil)
the absolute lo absoluto
modifier
absolute alcohol (n) alcohol (m) puro
absolute liability (n) (Economics) (Jur) responsabilidad (f) total
absolute pitch (n) (Mús) oído (m) absoluto
to have absolute pitch tener oído absoluto
absolute temperature (n) temperatura (f) absoluta
absolute zero (n) cero (m) absoluto
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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