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major

Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪdʒər; ˈmeɪdʒə(r)/

Translation of major in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1 [breakthrough/change/contribution/cause/client] muy importante; [setback] serio; [revision] a fondo; [illness] grave she is at a major disadvantage está en franca desventaja a problem of major importance un problema de la mayor or de enorme importancia a major issue un asunto de gran or de fundamental importancia all major credit cards accepted se aceptan las principales tarjetas de crédito we're talking major bucks here (American English/inglés norteamericano) [slang/argot] es un dineral, es un montón de guita [slang/argot], es un platal or (Spain/España) un pastón or (Mexico/México) un lanón [colloquial/familiar] I'm talking major disaster es un desastre con D mayúscula [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • One major obstacle in recruitment, however, is beyond the military's control.
    • It is the first major film the Star Wars actor, from Crieff, has made in the town where he got his first theatrical break.
    • The modern Games, and many other major sports festivals, follow a similar format.
    Example sentences
    • Since then, 48 nations have now signed this treaty, including all the major industrialized countries.
    • Dealing with change is one of the major problems in Europe, if not the major one.
    • Huge demonstrations in the capital city of his major ally would not be good for the image.
  • 2 [Music/Música] [key/scale] mayor B/C major si/do mayor
    Example sentences
    • The E-flat transposition (down a major sixth) easily can be accomplished by reading the part as if written in bass clef up one octave.
    • The tension generated throughout the work by the collision of major and minor thirds is left clearly unresolved in these closing bars.
    Example sentences
    • I can still remember the effect of his G major sonata, a decade after the concert.
    • The Symphony consists of only three movements - a pathetic Allegro in D minor, a highly original Scherzo in the same key, and a blissful Adagio in E major.
    • Brahms' Trio in B was the subject of the composer's re-write, following the composition and publication of his later trios in C major and C minor.
  • 3 (British English/inglés británico) [dated/anticuado] Smith major el (hermano) mayor de los Smith

noun/nombre

  • 2 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [Univ] 2.1 (subject) asignatura (feminine) principal 2.2 (student) she's a geography major estudia geografía ([ como asignatura principal ])
  • 3 [Music/Música] the major la clave mayor in the major en clave mayor
  • 4
    (majors plural)
    (American English/inglés norteamericano) 4.1 (companies) grandes or importantes empresas (feminine plural) 4.2 [Sport/Deporte] the majors las grandes ligas ([ esp de béisbol ])

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [Univ]to major in sth especializarse* en algo 1.2 (concentrate) [colloquial/familiar] to major in o (British English/inglés británico) on sth concentrarse en algo

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