empeño

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empeño(
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peh
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nyoh
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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. (resolve)
a. determination
A pesar de todo su empeño, nunca logró convertirse en campeón.Despite all his determination, he never managed to become champion.
Debido a su empeño, Martín y María fueron aceptados en MIT.Due to their determination, Martin and Maria were accepted to MIT.
b. effort
Como no es de familia bien relacionada, solo pudo hacerse presidente por su tremendo empeño.Since he didn't come from a well-connected family, he only managed to become president through tremendous effort.
2. (obstinacy)
a. insistence
¿Por qué tanto empeño en ocultar los hechos del pasado, Sr. Campos? ¿Por qué no quiere que salga a la luz la verdad?Why the insistence on hiding the past, Mr. Campos? Why don't you want the truth to come to light?
3. (loan with collateral)
a. pawn
Sabía que no podría pagar el alquiler sin el empeño del anillo de su madre.She knew she wouldn't be able to pay the rent without the pawn of her mother's ring.
b. pawning
Con el empeño de su computadora, por fin tuvo suficiente dinero para comprar el carro.With the pawning of his computer, he finally had enough money to buy the car.
4. (attempt)
a. undertaking
Compró la mansión para renovarla, pero el empeño acabó siendo más difícil de lo que esperaba.He bought the mansion to renovate it, but the undertaking ended up being more difficult than he expected.
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empeño
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (de joyas, bienes)
a. pawning
casa de empeñospawnshop
2. (obstinación)
a. determination
tener empeño en hacer algoto be determined to do something
poner empeño en hacer algoto make a great effort to do something, to take pains to do something
morir en el empeñoto die in the attempt
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empeño
1 (resolución) determination; (insistencia) insistence
poner empeño en algo to put a lot of effort into sth; poner empeño en hacer algo to strive to do sth; tener empeño en hacer algo to be bent on doing sth; con empeño (con insistencia) insistently; (con ahínco) eagerly; keenly
2 (tienda) pawnshop
3 (objeto) pledge
4 (empresa) undertaking
morir en el empeño to die in the attempt
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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