majority

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USAGE NOTE
The word "majority" may be used with a singular or plural form of the verb in English.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (greater number)
a. la mayoría
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
The majority of women believe they are unfairly treated at work.La mayoría de las mujeres cree que no recibe un trato justo en el trabajo.
2. (greater number of votes)
a. la mayoría
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
We need a two-thirds majority.Necesitamos una mayoría de dos tercios.
3. (legal)
a. la mayoría de edad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Spain has set the age of majority at 18.En España, la mayoría de edad se ha establecido en los 18 años.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
4. (involving a majority)
a. mayoritario
It was a majority decision to sell the business and we have to respect it.La decisión de vender el negocio fue mayoritaria y tenemos que respetarla.
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majority
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (in vote)
a. la mayoría
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
to be in a or the majorityser mayoría
majority decisiondecisión por mayoría
2. (finance)
a.
majority interestparticipación mayoritaria
3. (politics)
a.
majority rulegobierno mayoritario
4. (law)
a.
majority verdictveredicto mayoritario
5. (politics)
a.
majority votevotación por mayoría
6. (law)
a. la mayoría de edad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
(age)
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majority [məˈdʒɒrɪtɪ]
noun
1 mayoría (f)
a two-thirds majority una mayoría de las dos terceras partes; they won by a majority ganaron por mayoría; in the majority of cases en la mayoría or la mayor parte de los casos; such people are in a majority la mayoría de la gente es así; predomina la gente así; to be in a majority of three formar parte de una mayoría de tres; the vast majority la inmensa mayoría; the great majority of lecturers la mayoría or la mayor parte de los conferenciantes
2 (Jur)
to attain one's majority llegar a la mayoría de edad
modifier
majority decision (n)
by a majority decision por decisión mayoritaria or de la mayoría
majority interest (n) interés (m) mayoritario
majority rule (n) gobierno (m) mayoritario; gobierno (m) en mayoría
majority (share)holding (n) accionariado (m) mayoritario
majority verdict (n)
by a majority verdict por fallo or veredicto mayoritario
majority vote (n)
by a majority vote por la mayoría de los votos
Singular or plural verb?
When mayoría is the subject of a verb, the verb can be in the singular or the plural, depending on the context.
When translating majority rather than most, put the verb in the singular if majority is seen as a unit rather than a collection of individuals:
The socialist majority voted against the four amendments La mayoría socialista votó en contra de las cuatro enmiendas
If la mayoría is seen as a collection of individuals, particularly when it is followed by de + plural noun, the plural form of the verb is more common than the singular, though both are possible:
The majority still wear this uniform La mayoría siguen vistiendo or sigue vistiendo este uniforme
Most scientists believe it is a mistake La mayoría de los científicos creen or cree que se trata de un error
The plural form must be used when la mayoría or la mayoría de + plural noun is followed by ser or estar + plural complement:
Most of them are men La mayoría son hombres
Most of the dead were students La mayoría de los muertos eran estudiantes
Most of the children were black La mayoría de los niños eran negros
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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