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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (creativity)
a. ingenuity
Tuvo que servirse de su ingenio para sobrevivir en un mundo hostil.She had to make use of her ingenuity to survive in a hostile world.
b. inventiveness
Saber mentir requiere cierto ingenio.Knowing how to lie requires some inventiveness.
2. (sharpness)
a. wit
Como comediante, su ingenio en el escenario no tenía igual.As a comedian, her wit on stage was matchless.
3. (gadget)
a. device
Uno de sus ingenios más curiosos fue una esfera que detectaba temblores de tierra.One of his most curious devices was a sphere that detected earth tremors.
4. (mill)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. refinery
Mucha gente del pueblo perdió su trabajo cuando cerró el ingenio azucarero.Many people in this town lost their jobs when the sugar refinery closed.
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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. (inteligencia)
a. ingenuity
aguzar el ingenioto sharpen one's wits
2. (agudeza)
a. wit, wittiness
3. (máquina)
a. device
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1 (inventiva) ingenuity; inventiveness; (talento) talent; (gracia) wit
aguzar el ingenio to sharpen one's wits
2 (persona) wit
un ingenio de aquella villa acuñó el pareado más certero
3 (Mecánica) apparatus; device; (Mil) device
ingenio nuclear nuclear device
4 (fábrica) mill; plant
ingenio azucarero ingenio de azúcar sugar mill; sugar refinery
5 (And) [de acero] steel works; (fundición) foundry
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