An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (valuable)
a. útil
Carlos prepared a useful infographic for the board meeting.Carlos preparó un infográfico útil para la reunión de la junta.
b. provechoso
Her prior experience was very useful in her new job.Su experiencia previa le fue muy provechosa en su nuevo trabajo.
2. (capable)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Kevin is useful in the kitchen.Kevin sirve bastante en la cocina.
Neighbors like that can be very useful.Vecinos así pueden venir muy bien.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. útil
it will come in very usefulva a venir muy bien
to make oneself usefulayudar
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useful [ˈjuːsfʊl]
1 (valuable) [+information, advice, tool] útil; [+discussion, meeting] fructífero; [+experience] provechoso; útil
beans are a useful source of protein las judías son una buena fuente de proteína; a useful player un buen jugador; un jugador que vale; the time we spent in Spain was very useful nuestra estancia en España fue muy provechosa; he's a useful person to know es una persona que conviene conocer; it is very useful to be able to drive es muy útil saber conducir
useful capacity capacidad (f) útil
to come in useful ser útil; venir bien
your Spanish will come in useful in this job I bought the bike because I thought it might come in useful if the car broke down. The accommodation is some distance from the clubhouse, so a hire car comes in useful His diplomatic skills may come in useful to keep the conflict from developing into a full-scale war the reactors have a useful [life] of 30 years
the machine has reached the end of its useful life la máquina ha llegado al final de su periodo de funcionamiento
he lived a useful life tuvo una vida provechosa
to make o.s. useful ayudar; echar una mano (informal)
come on, make yourself useful! ¡venga, haz algo!; ¡vamos, echa una mano! (informal)
this discussion is not serving any useful purpose esta discusión no está sirviendo para nada útil or provechoso
I feel I am useful to the company me parece que le soy de utilidad a or útil a la empresa
2 (capable)
he's useful with his fists sabe defenderse con los puños
he's useful with a gun sabe manejar un fusil
to be useful with one's hands
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