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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (lack of care)
a. carelessness
Rubén no cerró bien la caja fuerte y este descuido le costó el trabajo.Ruben didn't lock the safe properly and this carelessness cost him his job.
b. negligence
Muchos accidentes de niños occurren por el descuido de los padres.Many accidents involving children happen as a result of parental negligence.
c. neglect
Tras años de descuido, el edificio ya se va a restaurar.After years of neglect, the building is now finally going to be restored.
2. (distraction)
a. inattention
El ladrón aprovechó el descuido del dependiente para robar dos anillos.The thief took advantage of the sales assistant's inattention to steal two rings.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
En un descuido de sus padres, Tomás salió de la casa.Tomas got out of the house while his parents weren't paying attention.
Solo hace falta un descuido para que un niño se haga daño.You only need to be distracted for a moment for a child to get hurt.
3. (blunder)
a. slip-up
Perdí la conferencia por un descuido de mi secretaria.I missed the conference because of a slip-up by my secretary.
b. mistake
Calcularon mal las medidas, y este descuido les costó mucho dinero.They got the measurements wrong, and this mistake cost them a great deal of money.
c. slip
Te dije que no divulgara esto a nadie. Este descuido podría tener consecuencias muy graves.I told you not to tell anyone about this. This slip could have very serious consequences.
4. (forgetfulness)
a. oversight
Por un descuido no te dimos las gracias.We didn't thank you due to an oversight.
5. (infidelity)
a. affair
Era una mujer casada hasta que tuvo un descuido.She was a married woman till she had an affair.
6. (untidy look)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Cuando vi a Manuel, iba vestido con descuido y parecía triste.When I saw Manuel, he was sloppily dressed and looked sad.
Este descuido personal no te hace ningún favor.Your lack of attention to your appearance does you no favors.
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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. (olvido)
a. oversight
2. (error)
a. slip
al menor descuidoif you let your attention wander for even a moment
en un descuido, borré el ficheroI deleted the file by mistake
3. (falta de aseo)
a. untidiness, slovenliness
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1 (distracción)
en un descuido le robaron el bolso her bag was stolen when she wasn't looking o in a moment of inattention; al menor descuido te puedes salir de la carretera if your attention wanders o if you get distracted, even for a moment, the car can go off the road; la colisión ocurrió por un descuido del maquinista the crash was caused by a careless mistake on the part of the driver; se me olvidó invitarla por descuido I carelessly forgot to invite her; dejó caer el pañuelo como por descuido she dropped her handkerchief as if by accident
atraparon al ladrón al descuido en un bar lo dijo al descuido en una cena informal no mencionarla fue un grave descuido
2 (negligencia) carelessness
no toleran el descuido en el aspecto externo they don't tolerate any carelessness in one's appearance; con descuido carelessly
hace todo con descuido rellenó el impreso con descuido y se lo rechazaron hizo el cálculo con descuido y le salió mal
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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