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American English: /ˌɪndəˈpɛndənt/
British English: /ɪndɪˈpɛnd(ə)nt/

Translation of independent in Spanish:


independent school
  • 1 1.1
    a person of independent means
    una persona que dispone de rentas
    I also did some independent reading
    también leí por cuenta propia
    independent of somebody/something
    independiente de alguien/algo
    Example sentences
    • Neddy was a very independent person who lived life quietly in Ballingarry.
    • It's hard to go from a very, independent woman to depending on others.
    • You think of yourself as independent, you want to be independent, but you depend on Alex more than anyone.
    Example sentences
    • From about the early 1880s he had independent income and so he devoted himself to the problem of flight.
    1.2 (Politics)
    Senegal became independent in 1960
    Senegal obtuvo la independencia or se independizó en 1960
    Example sentences
    • The six-country tour will also underpin the fact that the island is a sovereign, independent country, he said.
    • Bangladesh later separated from Pakistan and East Timor which at the time was a Portuguese colony but is now an independent country.
    • If New Zealand is to develop as a fully independent country we must give all our people equal access to justice, and not just a privileged few.
    Example sentences
    • When the matter went to Parliament, all political parties supported an independent Complaints Commission.
    • Support for independent candidates and smaller parties has also risen, but in the locals rather than the Euro elections.
    • The few independent candidates with political potential are quickly recruited by the parties.
  • 2 2.1 (not part of larger group)
    2.2 (not state-run)
    (British English)
    Example sentences
    • Academies are independent schools funded by public money.
    • The bill would have introduced a public benefit test for independent schools ensuring they prove they offer a benefit to the public and not just fee-payers.
    • The Department for Education and Skills said no formal approach had been made by the schools, but it was not government policy to fund independent schools.
    2.3 (disinterested)
    Example sentences
    • He said the matter deserves an impartial, independent investigation.
    • The European Convention on Human Rights demands a fair trial before an independent and impartial tribunal.
    • Under such circumstances, how can one ensure a fair and independent investigation?
    Example sentences
    • Outside controls or independent reviews could have provided such safeguards.
    • There is an area that remains more or less independent of the control of the government.
    • These agencies were entrusted with independent legislative authority on a federal level.
  • 3 (separate, unrelated) by independent routes
    por distintos caminos
    to be independent of something
    ser independiente de algo
    independent clause (Linguistics)
    oración (feminine) independiente
    Example sentences
    • Sponge cells perform a variety of bodily functions and appear to be more independent of each other than are the cells of other animals.
    • If the value of an element is independent of the presence of another element, both elements are said to be independent from each other.
    • The different functions can often be assigned to conserved amino acid motifs which are separated into independent structural units.


  • 2 (Business) (company)
    compañía (feminine) independiente
    Example sentences
    • In fact, most were published by university presses, the federal government or small independents.
    • Hunter claims most of the real talent in Scotland is to be found in the small independents started by people fed up with big company culture.
    • In turn, competition has forced the independents to upgrade quality and comfort.

Cultural Note: independent school

Un colegio de Gran Bretaña que no recibe dinero alguno del estado y se autofinancia mediante el pago de cuotas por parte de los padres. Los public schools public school y los preparatory schools preparatory school están dentro de esta categoría.

Cultural Note: Newspapers

El 95% de los norteamericanos lee la prensa local. En EEUU existe solo un periódico de caracter nacional, el USA Today, los demás son locales. Algunos periódicos de ciudades grandes, tales como el New York Times, Los Angeles Times y The Washington Post, se leen a través de todo el país. Además el International Herald Tribune, publicado fuera de EEUU, se lee por muchos norteamericanos en el extranjero. En líneas generales la prensa norteamericana todavía es conservadora debido a la necesidad de alcanzar el mayor número de ventas posible. Hasta hace unos años el Reino Unido tenía dos clases de periódicos nacionales, los broadsheets o periódicos de formato grande, y los tabloids con un formato más pequeño. De los primeros, solo el Daily Telegraph y The Financial Timesconservan el formato grande. La llamada prensa seria son The Times y el Daily Telegraph (políticamente de derechas), The Guardian (de corte socialdemócrata), The Independent y The Financial Times. Entre los tabloids de carácter sensacionalista destacan The Sun, The Mirror, The Express y el Daily Mail. Existen también unos 1.500 periódicos locales de carácter diario o semanal. Ver tbSunday papers, → Wall Street Journal The Financial Times.

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