An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (important)
a. importante
There has been significant progress in paving the streets downtown.Ha habido un avance importante en la pavimentación del centro.
b. significativo
The stock market has seen no significant movement this week.El mercado accionario ha permanecido sin movimiento significativo esta semana.
c. considerable
I have seen significant improvement in his behavior since he changed medications.He visto un cambio considerable de su comportamiento desde que cambió de medicamento.
d. significante
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
There has been a troubling and significant increase in the number of homicides.Ha habido un aumento inquietante y significante en el número de homicidios.
2. (meaningful)
a. elocuente
He made a significant criticism of the administration.Hizo una crítica elocuente de la administración.
b. significativo
Well, that was certainly a significant nod of the head.Bueno, eso definitivamente fue una inclinación significativa de la cabeza.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (important)
a. considerable, importante
2. (meaningful)
a. significativo(a)
significant othermedia naranja f
significant [sɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt]
1 (important) [+number, event, achievement, part, development] importante; [+effect, amount, improvement, sum of money, victory] considerable; [+contribution, reduction, increase] significativo; considerable; [+difference] significativo; [+change] importante; considerable; [+factor, impact, step] significativo; importante
it is significant that ... es significativo que ...
the decision is seen as a significant step forward
Japan has made significant progress in reducing pollution Japón ha dado un gran paso adelante en la reducción de la contaminación; significant other (partner) pareja (f)
this is a significant achievement it's a significant event in the life of a child it had a significant effect on me as a child The vote's outcome could have a significant [effect] on how quickly a settlement is reached The sanctions have had a significant [effect] on the Chinese economy a significant sum of money has been found this Anglo-Saxon burial ground constitutes a significant find he has made a significant contribution towards the successful completion of this project a significant number of young people now use drugs on a regular basis there has been a significant reduction in the number of accidents in the workplace there must be a significant improvement in safety standards Most 11-year-olds are not encouraged to develop reading skills; a small but significant [number] are illiterate. He still attracts a significant [number] of voters a significant number of young people now use drugs on a regular basis there is no significant difference between the two manifestos there are significant differences between schols in the same catchment area She argued that these policies would have no significant [impact] on the economy Genetic engineering could have a significant [impact] on beef and milk production There has been a significant increase in the [amount] of heroin being smuggled into the country ...foods that offer a significant [amount] of protein. Lack of insulation can result in a significant [amount] of heat being lost... Rice makes a significant [contribution] to the She has made a significant [contribution] to the It is in their views on religion that some of the most significant [differences] between the two scholars are apparent There are significant [differences] between schools in the same catchment area There seem to be few significant [differences] between the manifestos If the army does pull out it will signal a significant victory for the peacemakers it was discovered that the mother's diet during pregnancy was a significant factor in the child's resistance to disease Their presence was to be a significant [factor] in the decisions that were made later this is a significant factor behind the emission of global warming gases
2 (meaningful) [+look, gesture, tone of voice] significativo; elocuente
he gave her a significant look
could this be significant of a change of heart? ¿podría esto suponer un cambio de idea?
we don't see this as significant of a problem
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