An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (related to the outside)
a. external
El país ha mejorado su capacidad de pago de la deuda externa.The country has improved its capacity to repay its external debt.
2. (coming from outside)
a. outside
El reo recibió ayuda externa para escapar de la cárcel.The inmate received outside help to escape.
b. external
No dejes que las influencias externas afecten tu estado de ánimo.Don't let external influences affect your mood.
3. (outermost)
a. outer
La capa externa de piel estaba quemada.The outer layer of skin was burnt.
4. (not interior)
a. outward
No te dejes engañar por su belleza externa. Es una persona horrible.Don't let her outward beauty fool you. She's a horrible person.
5. (education)
a. day
Solo un 13% de los alumnos del internado son alumnos externos.Only a 13% of the students in the boarding school are day pupils.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
6. (education)
a. day pupil
La escuela dispone de un autobús para que los externos puedan regresar a sus casas.The school provides a bus for the day pupils to get home.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (de fuera)
a. external
2. (parte, capa)
a. outer
3. (influencia)
a. outside
4. (signo, aspecto)
a. outward
externoa externa
[+influencia] outside; external; [+superficie] outer; [+pared] external
"medicamento de uso externo" "medicine for external use only"
(alumno) day pupil
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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