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costa
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costa(
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (land near water)
a. coast
Van a la costa en el verano cuando hace calor en el interior.They go to the coast in the summer when it gets hot inland.
b. shore
Los niños se divirtieron jugando en la costa del lago Michigan.The children had fun playing on the shore of Lake Michigan.
c. bank
Fuimos a la hermosa ciudad de San Isidro en la costa del Río de la Plata.We went to the beautiful city of San Isidro on the banks of the La Plata River.
2. (expenditure)
a. cost
Hay que ganar a toda costa.We must win at all costs.
b. expense
Ganó la presidencia a costa de su matrimonio.He won the presidency at the expense of his marriage.
costas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
3. (costas)
a. costs (legal)
El juez lo ha condenado a pagar las costas del juicio. The judge has ordered him to pay the costs of the trial.
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costa
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (litoral)
a. coast
pasan las vacaciones en la costathey spend their holidays on the coast
la Costa Azulthe Côte d'Azur
la Costa Bravathe Costa Brava
2. (coste)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
a costa deat the expense of
lo hizo a costa de grandes esfuerzoshe did it by dint of much effort
aún vive a costa de sus padreshe's still living off his parents
a toda costaat all costs
3. (law)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
costas (judiciales)(legal) costs
Costa de MarfilIvory Coast
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costa
1
a costa de algo/algn: nos estuvimos riendo a costa suya we had a laugh at his expense
han bajado los precios a costa de la calidad
lo ha conseguido a costa de muchos sacrificios he has achieved it by making many sacrifices
a costa de muchos sacrificios, consiguió salir adelante en la vida
quiere quedarse en el poder a costa de lo que sea he wants to remain in power at all costs o no matter what o whatever happens
los comerciantes de imágenes tratan de vender sus productos a costa de lo que sea
a toda costa at all costs; hay que impedir a toda costa que esto se repita we must prevent this from happening again at all costs
tengo que llegar hoy a Londres a toda costa hay que impedir a toda costa la continuidad de Benegas en el tercer lugar del escalafón queremos evitar a toda costa una recuperación de la economía
2 costas (Jur) costs
condenar a algn en costas to order sb to pay costs
costa
1 (Geografía) [del mar] coast
pasamos las vacaciones en la costa we spend our holidays on the coast
se ha comprado un piso en la costa de Almería la costa cantábrica
la costa mediterránea the Mediterranean coast
la costa del Mar del Norte
la costa del Pacífico the Pacific coast; la costa del Atlántico es muy accidentada the Atlantic coastline is very rugged
la Costa Azul the Côte d'Azur
la Costa Blanca the Costa Blanca
la Costa Brava the Costa Brava
la Costa del Sol the Costa del Sol
la Costa de Oro the Gold Coast
este tren va a Londres por la costa oeste la costa este está más industrializada
2 (Náutica) shore
fuimos bordeando la costa hasta el puerto we hugged the shore all the way to the port
al pasar el cabo ya empezábamos a ver la costa de Melilla `....the coast o shore of Melilla' (MB) desembarcamos en la costa
costa afuera offshore
3 (S. Cone) [de un río] bank; riverbank; [de un lago] shore
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