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polite
American English: /pəˈlaɪt/
British English: /pəˈlʌɪt/

Translation of polite in Spanish:

adjective politer, politest

  • 1 (correct, well-bred)
    (manner/person)
    cortés
    educado
    correcto
    the rules of polite behavior
    las reglas de cortesía
    they exchanged polite greetings/compliments
    intercambiaron los saludos/cumplidos de rigor
    they were making polite conversation
    conversaban tratando de ser agradables
    gut? the polite word is stomach!
    ¿tripa? ¡se dice estómago!
    always be polite to customers
    sé siempre cortés or educado con los clientes
    you don't mean it: you're only being polite
    lo dices solo por cortesía
    she was very polite about my work, but I don't think she liked it
    fue muy cortés al referirse a mi trabajo, pero no creo que le gustara
    it is polite to wait till everyone is served
    es de buena educación esperar a que todos estén servidos
    it's not polite to shout
    gritar es una falta de educación or es de mala educación
    Example sentences
    • In the UK, and most of Europe, it is not considered polite to just say what you want.
    • You could tell he didn't think much of my work, though he was far too polite to blurt it out.
    • You could hand around evaluation forms, but many people are too polite to tell you what they really thought.
    Example sentences
    • Over the years he built a pagoda to polite English society as it faded in the glare of post-war vulgarity.
    • But lay into others and you should prepare to be visited by the vengeance of polite society.
    • There are still some things that cannot be talked about in polite society.
  • 2 (refined) in polite society
    en la buena sociedad
    you don't mention such things in polite company
    no se habla de eso entre gente educada or fina

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