A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (task)
a. activity
La reina gobernaba el país mientras el rey se dedicaba a otros menesteres.The queen governed the country, while the king was busy with other activities.
b. occupation
La abogacía es un menester que, bien ejercido, contribuye a la armonía social.Law is an occupation that, if appropriately practiced, can enhance social harmony.
2. (responsibility)
a. duty
Es menester de todos honrar nuestro pasado.It's everybody's duty to honor our past.
3. (necessity)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Es menester que el poder judicial sea independiente del poder político.It is essential that the judiciary is independent from the political power.
Es menester cuidar de los pobres.We need to take care of the poor.
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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. (general)
a. necessity
haber menester de algoto be in need of something
ser menester que alguien haga algoto be necessary for somebody to do something
menesteresbusiness, matters
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ser menester (formal) >: es menester hacer algo (ser necesario) we must do something; it is necessary to do something; cuando sea menester when necessary; todo es menester everything is welcome
2 (trabajo) job; (recado) errand
salir para un menester to go out on an errand
3 menesteres (deberes) duties; business
; (s)
(ocupación) occupation
; (s)
(función) function
; (s)
no estamos capacitados para esos menesteres we are not trained to do that; venden un aparatito para esos menesteres you can buy a little machine to do those jobs
hacer sus menesteres to do one's business
4 menesteres (Técnica) gear
; (s)
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Phrases with "menester"
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es menester
it is necessary
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