adj (-pier, -piest)
- 1 (of people) 1.1 (joyful, content) [person/family/home] feliz; [smile] de felicidad, alegre; [disposition] alegre she's not happy unless she has somebody to shout at si no tiene a quien gritarle, no está contenta I hope you'll both be very happy que sean or (Esp) que seáis muy felices to make sb happy hacer* feliz a algn he is happy in his work está contento con su trabajo I'd be happier if you weren't going alone me quedaría más tranquilo si no fueras solo he'll promise them anything just to keep them happy con tal de tenerlos contentos, es capaz de prometerles cualquier cosa as happy as a sandboy/as a lark/as the day (is long)/as Larry (esp BrE) como unas pascuas, contentísimo 1.2 (pleased) (pred) to be happy alegrarse we're so happy you're back nos alegramos tanto or estamos tan contentos de que hayas vuelto I'm so happy for you me alegro mucho por ti, ¡cuánto me alegro! he was very happy that you had found a job se alegró mucho de que hubieras encontrado trabajo he was happy to be back home estaba contento de estar de vuelta en casa she'd be only too happy to help ella ayudaría encantada or con mucho gustoMore example sentences1.3 (satisfied) (pred) to be happy estar* contento she's not entirely happy with his work no está del todo contenta con su trabajo some people are happy with anything algunas personas se contentan con cualquier cosa
More example sentences1.4 (tipsy) (BrE) [colloquial/familiar] (pred) to be happy estar* alegre or [familiar/colloquial] achispado
- Surely you can't have more than one quiet, smiling, happy and contented day in a row?
- If my observation serves me right, old folks are generally happy and contented with the way they spend their free time.
- The feel of the warm moist soil around my roots as they got stronger and ever deeper into the ground made me feel happy and contented.
- Are you happy with the quality of the policy file that you have seen from Operation Helios?
- So I am not happy with the size of the squad, but I am certainly happy with the quality of it.
- I cannot be happy with my performance because the team as a whole hasn't had results.
- 2 (of events) 2.1 (giving pleasure) [days/times/occasion] feliz the happiest days of your life la época más feliz de la vida the happy event el feliz acontecimiento happy birthday feliz cumpleaños Happy New Year Feliz Año Nuevo many happy returns (of the day)! ¡felicidades! or ¡que cumplas muchos más! 2.2 (fortunate) (before n) [coincidence] feliz; [position] privilegiado, afortunadoMore example sentences2.3 (felicitous) [frml or liter] [remark/choice/thought] afortunado, acertado
- For opportunities appear, at first glance, to have a happy knack of falling into the lap of the third season trainer.
- She has the happy knack of making the most mundane report appear interesting.
- The range in the city is broader than in most places, and the locals seem to have a happy knack with fish dishes particularly.
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