precious

precious(
preh
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shihs
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (adorable)
a. precioso
What a precious little dog that lady has.Qué perrito más precioso trae esa señora.
Your baby is so precious.Tu bebé es tan precioso.
2. (loved)
a. adorado
All of her grandchildren are very precious to her.Todos sus nietos son muy adorados por ella.
3. (worth a lot)
a. precioso
The emperor had many precious stones in his treasury.El emperador tenía muchas piedras preciosas en su tesorería.
b. valioso
The artifacts are extremely precious and must be kept in an enclosure.Los artefactos son extremadamente valiosos y deben guardarse en un recinto.
4. (affected)
a. preciosista
That politician has such a precious way of speaking; I don't trust him at all.La manera de hablar de ese político es tan preciosista; no me da nada de confianza.
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precious
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (term of endearment)
a.
my precious!¡mi cielo!
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
2. (valuable)
a. precioso(a), valioso(a)
3. (secret, possession)
a. preciado(a)
this photo is very precious to meesta foto tiene mucho valor para mí
4. (ironic)
a.
you and your precious books!¡tú y tus dichosos libros!
5. (pejorative)
a. afectado(a) (affected)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
6. (colloquial)
a. (for emphasis)
precious littlepoquísimo(a)
precious fewpoquísimos(as)
precious [ˈpreʃəs]
adjective
1 (costly) [+jewel, stone] precioso; [+commodity, resource] preciado; [+possession] muy valioso
in time of drought water was a precious commodity The one [resource] more precious than any other was land When you insure your home, car or precious possessions... Tomac punctured and lost two precious minutes he could ill afford His [knowledge] of foreign affairs is too precious to be dispensed with. salt is nearly as precious as gold in some places
we're wasting precious time estamos desperdiciando un tiempo precioso
2 (treasured) preciado
she savoured the precious moments they spent together saboreó esos momentos preciados que pasaron juntos
it's my most precious possession
her friendship is very precious to me aprecio or valoro mucho su amistad; the book is very precious to me para mí el libro tiene gran valor
3 (artificial, affected) [+person] preciosista; afectado; [+style] rebuscado
4
I couldn't care less about your precious golf clubs me traen sin cuidado tus queridos palos de golf (ironic)
your precious dog that precious marrow of yours
adverb
precious little/few bien poco/pocos; precious little has been gained se ha logrado muy poco
noun
(my) precious! ¡querida!
modifier
precious metal (n) metal (m) precioso
precious stone (n) piedra (f) preciosa
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