mengua
mengua
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (lessening)
a. decrease
José culpó a la crisis económica por la mengua de las ventas.Jose blamed the economic crisis for the decrease in sales.
b. reduction
La mengua del nivel de las aguas tardó más de lo esperado.The reduction in the water level took longer than expected.
c. decline
La empresa va a despedir a parte del personal para compensar la mengua de beneficios.The company is going to lay off part of the workforce to compensate for the decline in profits.
d. detriment
El Congreso no aprobó el proyecto de ley porque iba en mengua de las pequeñas empresas.Congress did not pass the bill because it was to the detriment of small businesses.
2. (decay)
a. decline
Carlos vivió lo suficiente para ver la mengua del poder de su familia.Carlos lived enough to see the decline of his family's power.
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mengua
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (reducción)
a. reduction
sin mengua dewithout detriment to
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mengua
1 (disminución) decrease; reduction; (decadencia) decay; decline
ir en mengua de algo to be to the detriment of sth; en mengua de la unidad del partido to the detriment of party unity; sin mengua (íntegro) complete; whole; (intacto) intact; untouched; sin mengua de la relación de compañerismo without affecting one's relationship as colleagues
impone su autoridad sin mengua de la relación de compañerismo
2 (falta) lack; (pérdida) loss
3 (pobreza) poverty
4 [de persona] (debilidad) spinelessness; weakness of character
5 (descrédito) discredit
ir en mengua de algn to be to sb's discredit
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