dent
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dent(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (depression)
a. la abolladura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(in metal)
The mechanic fixed the dent in the side of my car.El mecánico arregló la abolladura en el lateral de mi coche.
b. la marca
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(in wood)
We had to buy filler to fix the dents in the wooden flooring.Tuvimos que comprar masilla para arreglar las marcas del piso de madera.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(reduction)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Having to repair our house after the flood was a real dent in our budget.Tener que arreglar nuestra casa después de la inundación se llevó una buena parte de nuestro presupuesto.
I've been extremely lazy all day and barely made a dent in my to-do list.Estuve con pereza todo el día y todavía no disminuí en lo más mínimo mi lista de tareas pendientes.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to make a depression in)
a. abollar (metal)
The battering ram was barely able to dent the door.El ariete apenas pudo abollar la puerta.
b. hacer una marca en (wood)
The movers dented the piano when they dropped it.Los chicos de la mudanza hicieron una marca en el piano cuando lo dejaron caer.
4. (to affect adversely)
a. afectar
News of the candidate's scandal really dented his reputation.Las noticias acerca del escándalo en el que se vio envuelto el candidato realmente afectaron su reputación.
b. hacer mella en
Falling on his face in front of a full audience dented his pride.Caerse de bruces enfrente de un auditorio lleno de gente hizo mella en su orgullo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to become marked with a dent)
a. abollarse
Because this metal is softer, it dents more easily than titanium or steel.Este metal se abolla más fácilmente que el titanio o el acero porque es más blando.
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dent
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. la abolladura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
the wedding made a dent in his savingsla boda le costó una buena parte de sus ahorros
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (car, bumper)
a. abollar
4. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(confidence, pride)
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dent [dent]
noun
(in metal) abolladura (f); (in wood) muesca (f); marca (f)
to make a dent in sth [+metal] abollar algo; [+wood] hacer una muesca or marca en algo; it's made a dent in my savings se ha comido una buena parte de mis ahorros (informal)
transitive verb
1 [+car, hat etc] abollar
2 [+enthusiasm, confidence] hacer mella en
his reputation was somewhat dented su reputación quedó un tanto en entredicho; his pride was somewhat dented su orgullo resultó un tanto herido
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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