substance
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substance(
suhb
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stihns
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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. (matter)
a. la sustancia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We found a strange substance at the crime scene and sent it to the lab for investigation.Encontramos una sustancia rara a la escena del crimen y la enviamos al laboratorio para una investigación.
2. (content)
a. la sustancia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It is a shame that people tend to pay more attention to one's speaking style instead of their substance.Es una lástima que la gente suela prestar más atención a la manera de hablar de alguien en vez de a la sustancia.
b. la enjundia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If your promises have substance, people will trust you more.Si tus promesas tienen enjundia, la gente confiará más en ti.
c. la esencia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The abstract of your thesis should capture the substance of the entire experiment so as to entice the reader.El resumen de tu tesis debe reflejar la esencia del experimento entero para incitar el lector a seguir leyendo.
3. (basis)
a. el fundamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We could not publish your article because a number of the arguments lack substance.No pudimos publicar su artículo porque a algunos de sus argumentos les falta fundamento.
4. (consistency)
a. el cuerpo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This soup seems a little thin. If you add some cream to it, it will have more substance.Esta sopa parece algo suelta. Si añades un poco de crema, tendrá más cuerpo.
5. (drug)
a. el estupefaciente
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
When we discovered that he had problems with substance abuse, we sent him to a rehab facility.Cuando descubrimos que tenía problemas con el abuso de estupefacientes, lo mandamos a un centro de rehabilitación.
b. el narcótico
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The police found him in possession of illegal substances.El policía encontró narcóticos ilegales en su posesión.
6. (wealth)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
As men of substance, they regularly donated money to philanthropic iniciatives.Como hombres de fortuna, donaban dinero de manera regular a iniciativas filantrópicas.
Each one of the politicians come from a family of some substance.Cada uno de los políticos es de una familia bien acaudalada.
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substance
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (matter)
a. la sustancia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (formal)
a.
substance abuseabuso de narcóticos
3. (essential element; of article, argument)
a. la esencia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I agree in substanceesencialmente, estoy de acuerdo
4. (solidity, worth)
a. la consistencia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
the accusations lack substancelas acusaciones son inconsistentes
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substance [ˈsʌbstəns]
noun
1 (physical) (solution, chemical) sustancia (f)
he discovered a substance called phosphotase the substance that's causing the problem comes from the barley there is no regulation of cigarettes to make sure they don't contain /poisonous substances/
a sticky substance una sustancia pegajosa
an ash-like substance an ash-like substance fell from the sky traces of some black substance like coal sustancias ilegales safe? Refers to drugs
(solidity) corporeidad (f); [of fabric] cuerpo (m)
shadows without substance the bloodied hand was no longer her own, it was some spectral thing, an appendage without substance they had no more substance than shadows a vacuum has no substance
line the fabric to give it more substance ponle un forro a la tela para darle más cuerpo
tight weaves strengthen the cloth; weight gives substance and durability
2 (basis) (to allegation) base (f); fundamento (m)
there is no substance to in any of these allegations
the rumours are completely without substance los rumores no tienen ninguna base or ningún fundamento
there is some substance to this critique he said that there was no substance to the story to [give] substance to sth this episode appeared to give substance to earlier rumours practical experience gives substance to the more abstract descriptions he then gives substance to the image by describing players in terms that could have been lifted from a fight poster to [lack] substance Both sides frequently claim to have routed the enemy, but these reports usually lack substance
(profundity) (to book, plot, argument) enjundia (f); sustancia (f)
it is just a public relations exercise with no real substance behind it there isn't much substance to the plot
there wasn't much substance in or to his lectures sus conferencias no tenían mucha enjundia or sustancia
some people see Shelley's poetry as lacking in substance the music has style, but the songs occasionally lack substance Initial Chinese reaction to the atomic bomb was that it was little more than a "paper tiger" that looked impressive but lacked substance the examples and illustrations are myriad, but the whole impression is disappointing because, like the vanities it describes, it lacks substance. We never get to grips with the whys and wherefores the music has style, but the songs occasionally lack substance
issues of substance asuntos fundamentales or de importancia
Syria will attend only if the negotiations deal with issues of substance it's questioned whether anything of substance has been achieved
(gist, essence) [of speech, writing] esencia (f)
the substance of his talk la esencia de su charla
the substance of their talk is condensed into a paragraph the UN has refused to reveal the substance of the talks the substance of his discussions doesn't really matter the substance of the book
I agree with the substance of his proposals estoy de acuerdo en lo esencial de sus propuestas; the dispute was about style not substance la discusión fue sobre forma, no sobre fondo; what he is saying in substance is that ... en esencia, lo que está diciendo es que ...; the Court agreed in substance with this argument el tribunal estuvo de acuerdo con este argumento en lo esencial
what he is saying in substance is that the present system cannot continue indefinitely
a man/woman of substance (wealthy person) un hombre/una mujer de fortuna
Maggie was a woman of substance he intended to become a man of substance by the time he reached twenty-five
modifier
substance abuse (n) abuso (m) de estupefacientes; toxicomanía (f)
there has been a rise in substance abuse
substance abuser (n) toxicómanoatoxicómana (m) (f);a toxicómana
I became a substance abuser
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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substance abuse
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