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American English: /ˈnɛsəˌsɛri/
British English: /ˈnɛsəs(ə)ri/

Translation of necessary in Spanish:


  • 1 (required) he never does more than is absolutely necessary
    nunca hace más de lo estrictamente necesario
    it is absolutely necessary
    es imprescindible or preciso
    we can always give it another coat of paint, if necessary
    siempre le podemos dar otra mano de pintura, si fuera necesario
    to be necessary (for somebody) to + infinitiveit's necessary for all of you to be there
    es necesario que estén todos allí
    it wasn't necessary for you to be informed
    no era necesario que se te informara
    was it really necessary to be so rude?
    ¿había necesidad de ser tan grosero?
    Example sentences
    • We had always stayed out of each others private business, prying only when we deemed it absolutely necessary.
    • A jury of experts reviewed a draft of the survey and made changes where necessary.
    • Often it's impossible for the architect of a company to make the changes necessary to ensure it survives.
  • 2 (inevitable)
    a necessary evil
    un mal necesario
    Example sentences
    • As much as I'd like to think that spying doesn't happen, it's going to happen as a necessary consequence of competition.
    • The magazine, he says, is ‘a necessary consequence of their superstar status’.
    • He saw radical skepticism as a necessary consequence of the misery of the human condition.


  • 1 (what is required) [colloquial]the necessary
    lo que hace falta
    lo necesario
    Example sentences
    • Unable to get the human variety, the club has hired a team of four llamas to do the necessary.
    • Of course, if she's busy reading or otherwise occupied, she sends the sprog in her place to do the necessary.
    • Unafraid of blood and guts, I went with him to the top of the garden where he did the necessary.
    Example sentences
    • Paul, a successful model with ambitions to run his own place, came up with the necessary.
  • 2the necessaries (supplies)
    lo necesario
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