A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (period of time)
a. term
Es mejor comprar productos de calidad a largo plazo.It is better to buy high quality products in the long term.
b. period
No lo he visto después de tanto plazo fuera.I haven't seen him after such a long period away.
2. (payment)
a. installment
He decidido pagar el coche nuevo a plazos.I have decided to pay for the new car in installments.
3. (limit)
a. deadline
El plazo de entrega de las propuestas concluía ayer.The deadline for submitting proposals was yesterday.
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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. (de tiempo)
a. period (of time)
en el plazo de un meswithin a month
mañana termina el plazo de inscripciónthe deadline for registration is tomorrow
tenemos de plazo hasta el domingowe have until Sunday
a corto/medio/largo plazoin the short/medium/long term
una solución a corto/largo plazoa short-/long-term solution
en breve plazowithin a short time
2. (commerce)
plazo de entregadelivery time
3. (de dinero)
a. installment
comprar a plazosto buy on hire purchase, an installment plan
pagar a plazosto pay in installments
plazo mensualmonthly installment
1 (período) period
dentro del plazo previsto within the specified period; en un plazo de diez días within a period of ten days; nos dan un plazo de ocho días para acabar el trabajo they've given us eight days to finish the job; ¿cuándo vence el plazo? when is the deadline?; a plazo (Com) on credit; a plazo fijo (Com) fixed-term
a corto plazo (adj) short-term; (adv) in the short term
a largo plazo (adj) long-term; (adv) in the long term
es una tarea a largo plazo it's a long-term job; veremos los resultados a largo plazo we'll see the results in the long term
a medio plazo (adj) medium-term; (adv) in the medium term
plazo de entrega delivery time; delivery date
plazo de prescripción (Jur) time limit
2 (pago) instalment; installment; (EEUU) payment
no pagó el plazo de marzo he didn't pay the March instalment; a plazos in instalments; pagar algo a plazos pay for sth in instalments
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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