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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. (vehicle)
a. car
¿Te transportas al trabajo en auto o en bici?Do you commute to work by car or by bike?
b. automobile
La compañía ha invertido grandes cantidades en los autos eléctricos.The company has invested heavily in electric automobiles.
2. (legal)
a. decree
El juez dictó un auto de consentimiento.The judge issued a consent decree.
b. edict
Los abogados dicen que el auto del magistrado podría socavar el sistema legal.The lawyers say the magistrate's edict could undermine the legal system.
3. (play)
a. religious play
Los niños del catecismo hicieron un auto sobre la infancia de Jesús.The Sunday-school children put on a religious play about Jesus's childhood.
b. mystery play
El auto de los Reyes Magos es uno de los más antiguos.The mystery play about the Magi is one of the oldest.
A prefix is an affix that is added to the beginning of a word to create a new word with a different meaning (e.g. auto, pre).
4. (by one's self)
a. auto
La autobiografía de la actriz fue un bestseller.The actress's autobiography was a bestseller.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (proceedings)
a. proceedings
Hay que revisar los autos para ver si el demandante pidió una liquidación. We must review the proceedings to see if the plaintiff requested a liquidation.
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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. (coche)
a. car
autos de choqueDodgems®, bumper cars
2. (law)
auto (judicial)judicial decree
auto de procesamientoindictment
autoscase documents
constar en autosto be recorded in the case documents
la noche de autosthe night of the crime
3. (history)
auto de feauto-da-fé
4. (literature)
a. (mystery) play
auto de NavidadNativity play
especialmente (S. Cone) car; automobile; (EEUU)
auto de choque bumper car; dodgem; (Gran Bretaña)
1 (Jur) edict; judicial decree
auto de comparecencia summons; subpoena; (EEUU)
auto de ejecución writ of execution
auto de prisión warrant for arrest
auto de procesamiento charge; indictment
2 autos (documentos) proceedings; court record
; (s)
estar en autos to be in the know; poner a algn en autos to put sb in the picture
3 (Religión) (Teat) mystery play; religious play
auto del nacimiento nativity play
auto sacramental eucharistic play
4 (Hist)
auto de fe auto-da-fé
hacer un auto de fe de algo to burn sth
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