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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (pleasant to the touch)
a. smooth
Ella lijó la madera hasta estar suave al tacto.She sanded the wood until it was smooth to the touch.
b. soft
La cama es cómoda porque tiene un colchón suave.The bed is comfortable because it has a soft mattress.
2. (subtle)
a. mild
La salsa tiene un sabor suave que complementa la carne.The sauce has a mild flavor that complements the meat.
b. smooth (drink)
Me gusta esta cerveza. Es muy suave.I like this beer. It's really smooth.
3. (personable)
a. gentle
Él tiene un carácter suave; no le haría daño a nadie.He has a gentle way about him; he wouldn't hurt anyone.
b. pleasant
Prefiero rodearme de gente suave.I prefer to surround myself with pleasant people.
c. smooth
Es una mujer suave, hechizará a cualquier hombre.She's a smooth woman, she'll charm any man.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (al tacto)
a. soft
2. (liso, no brusco)
a. smooth
este coche tiene la dirección muy suavethis car has very smooth steering
3. (sabor, olor, color)
a. delicate
este curry está bastante suavethis curry is quite mild
4. (apacible; persona, carácter)
a. gentle
5. (clima)
a. mild
6. (fácil, lento; cuesta, tarea, ritmo)
a. gentle
7. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. pleasant
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
8. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. all right, fine
1 (liso) [+superficie] smooth; even; [+piel, pasta] smooth
2 (no fuerte) [+color, movimiento, brisa, reprimenda] gentle; [+clima, sabor] mild; [+trabajo] easy; [+operación mecánica] smooth; easy; [+melodía, voz] soft; sweet; [+ruido] low; [+olor] slight; [+droga] soft
suave como el terciopelo smooth as silk; like velvet
3 [+persona, personalidad] gentle; sweet
estuvo muy suave conmigo he was very sweet to me; he behaved very nicely to me
4 (Chile) (México) (grande) big; huge; (destacado) outstanding
5 (México) (atractivo) good-looking; fanciable (familiar); (estupendo) great (familiar); fabulous (familiar)
¡suave! great idea! (familiar); right on! (familiar); (EEUU)
dar la suave (Latinoamérica) (halagar) to flatter
1 (Latinoamérica) [+sonar] softly; quietly
2 (México)
toca suave she plays beautifully
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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