An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unfeasible)
a. impossible
Parecía un sueño imposible, pero seguí intentándolo y al final lo conseguí.It seemed an impossible dream, but I persevered, and eventually I succeeded.
Es imposible hacer tantas cosas al mismo tiempo.It's impossible to do so many things at the same time.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
a. impossible (person)
Hoy está imposible porque anoche no durmió bien.She is being impossible today because she didn't sleep well last night.
b. difficult (person)
¡Es una persona imposible! Yo no sé cómo tú lo aguantas.He's such a difficult person! I don't know how you put up with him.
3. (intolerable)
a. impossible (situation)
La situación en casa se volvió imposible y al final pedí el divorcio.The situation at home became impossible, and eventually I filed for divorce.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in Chile
a. filthy
Cuando la depresión era aguda, no salía de su cama y se veía imposible.During moments of severe depression, she didn't leave her bed and looked filthy.
El vagabundo no se había lavado en semanas y estaba imposible.The bum hadn't washed in weeks and looked filthy.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
5. (impossibility)
a. impossible
Tú sabes que lo que nos pides es un imposible.You know that you're asking the impossible of us.
b. impossible dream (aspiration)
Ojalá pudieras dejar de perseguir imposibles y ceñirte a la realidad.If only you could just stop chasing impossible dreams and could stick to reality.
c. impossible task (undertaking)
Sacar el negocio a flote es ya un imposible.To get the business back on its feet is an impossible task by now.
d. impossible goal (aim)
Será difícil lograrlo, pero no es un imposible.It'll be difficult to achieve, but it's not an impossible goal.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (irrealizable)
a. impossible
es imposible de arreglarit's impossible to fix, it can't be fixed
es imposible que se lo haya dichohe can't possibly have told her
nos fue imposible irwe were unable to go
hacer lo imposibleto do everything possible and more
2. (colloquial)
a. unbearable, impossible
el tráfico en el centro estaba imposiblethe traffic in the center was impossible o a nightmare
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (general)
pedir imposiblesto ask for the impossible
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1 (no posible) impossible
es imposible it's impossible; it's out of the question; es imposible de predecir it's impossible to predict
hacer lo imposible
hacer lo imposible por hacer algo to do one's utmost to do sth; ¡parece imposible! you'd never believe it!
2 (inaguantable) impossible
3 (difícil) impossible
4 (Latinoamérica) (descuidado) slovenly; dirty; (repugnante) repulsive
un imposible (tarea) an impossible task; (objetivo) an impossible goal; lo que voy a pedir es un imposible what I'm about to ask is impossible; I'm about to ask for the impossible; perseguía un imposible he was pursuing an impossible dream o aim
para algunos cocineros lograr una salsa bearnesa es un imposible
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