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dire

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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (dreadful)
a. nefasto
The consequences of the attack were dire.Las consecuencias del ataque fueron nefastas.
b. funesto
The country was invaded several times, with dire results.El país fue invadido varias veces, con resultados funestos.
c. terrible
We have dire news coming from the battlefield.Nos llegan noticias terribles del campo de batalla.
2. (serious)
a. serio
Malnutrition is a dire problem affecting a great part of the world's population.La malnutrición es un problema serio que afecta a gran parte de la población mundial.
b. grave
The survivors of the earthquake are going through a dire spell.Los sobrevivientes del terremoto están atravesando momentos graves.
c. desesperado
She's trying to keep a positive attitude despite the dire situation.Intenta mantener una actitud positiva, a pesar de que la situación es desesperada.
3. (extreme)
a. extremo
A high proportion of its population lives in the direst poverty.Una elevada proporción de la población vive en la más extrema pobreza.
4. (urgent)
a. urgente
The children in those communities are in dire need of food.Los niños de esas comunidades tienen una necesidad urgente de alimento.
5. (ominous)
a. alarmante
There are dire signs of another recession approaching.Existen indicios alarmantes de que se acerca otra recesión.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(of poor quality) (United Kingdom)
a. pésimo
The service at the restaurant was dire.En el restaurante el servicio era pésimo.
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dire
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (consequences)
a. terrible
2. (colloquial)
a. chungo(a) (bad)
to be in dire need of somethingtener una necesidad acuciante de algo
to be in dire straitsestar en un serio apuro
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dire [daɪəʳ]
adjective
direr (superlative)
1 (terrible) [+event, consequences, results] nefasto; funesto; [+situation] desesperado; [+warning, prediction] alarmante; [+poverty] extremo
to do sth out of dire necessity
to be in dire need of sth necesitar algo desesperadamente; to be in dire straits estar en un serio aprieto or apuro
2 (awful) [+film, book] pésimo; malísimo
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